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Joanna Martine Woolfolk 





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I dedicate this book to William, 

who, with his Sun in Cancer, taught me 

the meaning of love 

and, with his Moon in Virgo, 

the meaning of work. 

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About the Book viii 
About the Author ix 


Understanding Astrology 291 

Acknowledgments x 

8 • The Houses of Astrology 293 

Introduction xii 

9 • How to Interpret Your Horoscope 319 


Sun Sign Astrology 1 

10 • Aspects and Synastry: Probing Deeper into 
Your Birth Chart 349 

1 • Sun Signs 3 

2 • The Sun Signs in Love 71 


Astrology in History and Legend 369 

3 • The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 


11 • The Story of Astrology 371 

4 • Astrology and Health 167 

12 • The Zodiac: The Legend behind Each 
Sign 383 


Less Weil-Known Influences 191 

5 • Moon Signs 193 

6 • Your Ascendant and Its Power 221 


Astrology in Our Time 397 

13 • The Age of Aquarius 399 

7 • You and the Planets: Their Role in Your 
Destiny 237 



An Astrologer's Lexicon 405 

An Explanation of Terms 407 

Astrological Tables for the Years 
1900-2100 423 

Sun Tables 425 
Moon Tables 429 
Ascendant Tables 481 
Planetary Tables 485 

Bibliography 515 

Recommended Reading List for Chart Casting and 
Interpretation 520 

Recommended Ephemerides 521 

Sources for Astrological Books, Ephemerides, 
Computer Charts and Software 522 

Index 523 



There has never been an astrology book like 
this. Here is a book that with a few hours of read- 
ing will help you to see yourself better, interpret 
your own chart, and use your chart year after year to un- 
derstand and predict trends and opportunities. 

The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need gives explana- 
tions of the influences that are often given scant attention 
in conventional astrology books: the Moon sign, the Ris- 
ing sign, the placement of the planets, and the significance 
of the twelve Houses. 

The value of this book is that an immense amount of 
knowledge is put into easy-to-understand language. The 
book is also easy to use, for it supplies simplified Tables 
that in most cases require only the laying down of a ruler 
across the birthdate. 

Even simpler, for those who have access to a computer, 
is to utilize the CD-ROM packaged with this book. Just 

by typing in the birth information, this CD gives you a 
complete chart within seconds. The CD even provides the 
page numbers of this book on which to find the meaning 
of every influence in your chart. 

The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need, first pub- 
lished in 1982, is a classic in its field. On its original publi- 
cation it was a choice of Book-of-the-Month Club, the Lit- 
erary Guild, and One Spirit Book Club, and has since 
become one of the best-selling astrology books published 
in the last 25 years. This new revised edition contains sec- 
tions on the inner life of each sign; insights on one's rela- 
tionship, emotional needs, and drives; and how others see 
you. This edition is also updated to include the latest in- 
formation about new discoveries in astronomy, projec- 
tions of world events in the 21st century, and extended 
Planetary Tables for every year from 1900 to 2100. 



Astrologer Joanna Martine Woolfolk has had a 
long career as an author, columnist, lecturer, and 
counselor. She has written the monthly horoscope 
for numerous magazines in the U.S., Europe and Latin 
America — among them Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, 
Redbook, Self, YM, House Beautiful, and StarScroll Interna- 
tional. In addition to the best-selling The Only Astrology 
Book You'll Ever Need, Joanna is the author of Sexual As- 
trology, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, 
and Astrology Source, an interactive CD-ROM. 

Joanna is a popular television and radio personality 
who has been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Regis 
Philbin, and Sally Jessy Raphael. She has appeared in a 
regular astrology segment on New York Today on NBC-TV 
and on The Fairfield Exchange on CT Cable Channel 12, 
and she appears frequently on television and radio shows 
around the country. You can visit her website at 



I am grateful for having known the late Capel 
McCutcheon, the brilliant astrologer who devised the 
unique, comprehensive, and easy-to-use Planetary 
and Ascendant Tables in this book. None of these tables 
requires more than the simple laying-down of a ruler (or 
two) in order to read the information that applies to you. 
These tables are computer accurate and are based on 
United States time, rather than Greenwich, England, time 
usually found in other planetary tables. 

Capel McCutcheon was a caring and inspiring teacher, 
counselor, and lecturer, as well as the founder of the 
Astrological Society of Connecticut. I miss his warmth, 
support, and generosity. 

And I give special thanks to Matrix Software. This 
innovative astrological computer-software company gra- 
ciously supplied for this revised edition additional Plane- 
tary Tables updated to the year 2100. Matrix Software was 
founded in the early 1980's by Michael Erlewine, a vision- 
ary genius in the field of computer astrology. 

Matrix Software also created the CD-ROM that is 
packaged with this book. You who have computers can 
now cast astrological charts within seconds. Just enter the 
birth information, and your chart is ready. The CD will 
even give you the page numbers in this book on which key 
information about your chart is to be found. 

We are horn at a given moment, in a given place, 

and like vintage years of wine, we have the 

qualities of the year and of the season 

in which we are horn. 

Carl Gustav Jung 


at this point is half my lifetime — the more I real- 
ize that what we all want to know is about our- 
selves. "Who am I?" you ask. You want to know what 
makes you tick, why you have such intense feelings, and 
whether others are also insecure. People write me asking 
questions like "What kind of man should I look for?" 
"Why am I discontented with my job?" or "The woman 
I'm dating is a Gemini; will we be happy together?" They 
ask me if they'll ever find true love and when they will get 
out of a period of sadness or fear or the heavy burden of 
problems. They ask about their path in life and how they 
can find more fulfillment. 

So I continue to see that the reason astrology exists is to 
answer questions about you. Basically, it's all about you. 
Astrology has been described as a stairway leading into 
your deeper self. It holds out the promise that you do not 
have to pass through life reacting blindly to experience, 
that you can within limits direct your own destiny and in 
the process reach a truer self-understanding. 

One surprising thing about the science of the stars is 
its constant newness. Down through the centuries 
philosophers, mystics, and spiritual teachers have studied, 

written about, refined, and pondered astrology's signifi- 
cance. It is the world's oldest science and our own genera- 
tion's newest subject of inquiry. According to a Gallup 
poll, 35 percent of American adults believe their lives are 
influenced by the position of the heavenly bodies. The 
great majority of newspapers and magazines published in 
the United States carry an astrology column. Astrology as 
a serious subject is being offered in over a dozen university 

Despite this new surge of interest, however, the general 
public has only a smattering of knowledge about the sub- 
ject. The average person will say, "I'm interested, but I 
don't know much about astrology." 

One of the problems people encounter when trying to 
learn more about astrology is that most books deal with 
only one phase of the subject. If you want to know about 
your Sun sign, there are many books on this topic. If you 
want to know about your Moon sign, you will find books 
on this topic also. If you want to learn about your birth 
chart, you will have to look for yet another book that ex- 
plains charts (these are harder to find). 

Not long ago, while talking to a friend, I casually men- 
tioned that my birth chart shows I have three planets in 


Taurus. "Oh," she said, "can you tell me where my three 
planets are?" She did not know that everyone has ten plan- 
ets* in his or her birth chart. 

But how would my friend know this? Most astrology 
books don't deal with birth charts. Unless you are willing 
to hunt down esoteric volumes hidden in the occult sec- 
tion of bookstores or in special libraries, where would you 
go to get that information? Any astrology book will tell 
you whether your Sun sign is Aries or Pisces or one of the 
other signs of the zodiac. But then what? 

This book tells you all you should know about the 
whole topic of astrology. You will learn about Sun signs — 
and also about Moon signs, Ascendants, Planets, and 
Houses. You will come to understand how these factors in- 
teract to shape your life. You will discover the meaning of 
Aspects in your horoscope, and how to compare your birth 
chart with another person's to reveal areas of compatibility. 
You will learn how astrology began and developed. And if 
you have access to a computer, the CD-ROM packaged 
with this book will enable you to cast a birth chart within 

However, I want to say a word about what this book 
is not. It is not an encyclopedia — nor does it encompass 
all the astrological wisdom that has been discovered dur- 
ing the last 5,000 years. No single book could possibly 
do that even if it were twenty times as long as the pres- 
ent volume. 

This book is an easy-to-understand, all-in-one guide to 
what astrology is about. If you want to know where all 
your planets are in your birth chart or how compatible 
your Sun sign is with your lover's Sun sign or what the in- 
fluence of the Moon is in your life — it is here in one book. 

I'd like to make one more important point. Astrology 
cannot transform your life — only you can do this. We as- 
trologers are often guilty of overpromising or encouraging 
people to become overdependent. Astrology will not change 
the ups and downs of your life drama. What it can do is 
give you insight on how to deal with your drama. Astrology 
offers information and direction and, best of all, reassur- 
ance. Sometimes all one is looking for is a nugget of guid- 
ance, and I know you will find many, many nuggets in this 

I assume you picked up this book because you are inter- 
ested in astrology. And I hope this is only the beginning of 
your exploration. One can easily spend a lifetime exploring 
the uncountable facets of this ever-evolving, ever-new topic. 
Together we are about to enter more deeply into this fasci- 
nating, vast, and complicated arena of knowledge. I hope 
this will not be the only astrology book you'll ever want — 
merely the only one you'll ever need. 

Joanna Martine Woolfolk 
Stamford, Connecticut 
June 2008 

*In a birth chart (which is a chart of the heavens at the time of your birth), the Sun and Moon are counted as planets. The Earth, because it is our 
home-planet, is not. 

Introduction • xm 

Part One 




When a man says to an attractive woman at a party, "I'm a Leo. What's your sign?" he is not only 
using an opening conversational gambit (and behaving just like Leo), he is also talking about Sun 

What is a Sun sign? 

From our viewpoint here on Earth, the Sun travels around the Earth once each year. Within the space of that 
year the Sun moves through all twelve signs of the zodiac,* spending approximately one month in each sign. 
The sign that the Sun was traveling through at the time of your birth is your Sun sign. 

The Sun is our most powerful planet. (In astrological terms, the Sun is referred to as a planet even though it, 
like the Moon, is actually a "luminary") It gives us life, warmth, energy, food. It is the force that sustains us on 
Earth. The Sun is also the most important and pervasive influence in your horoscope, and in many ways deter- 
mines how others see you. The position of the Sun in your birth chart governs your individuality, your distinc- 
tive style, and your drive to fulfill your goals in life. 

I often liken your Sun sign to the role you've been given in your grand drama. One can think (as Shake- 
speare did) of life as a play that one enters into at the time of birth. You are the leading actor in this drama, and 
the role you are acting is your Sun sign. 

Another analogy is that your horoscope is a painting of you. The characteristics of your Sun sign are the 
broad strokes that the artist first lays down on the canvas. The artist outlines your general shape, the planes and 
angles of your face, the way in which you hold your body. In the same way, your Sun sign delineates your general 
character. Are you introspective? Do you make friends easily? How do you cope with responsibility? Are you 
high-strung or easygoing? The answers may be found in a study of your Sun sign. 

A detailed explanation of the zodiac appears on page 383 (chapter 12, "The Zodiac"). 

Yet a typical remark often made to astrologers goes something like this: "I'm a Capricorn, but when I read those 
descriptions of Capricorn, they don't describe me very accurately" 

Remember, the Sun sign is just the start of your portrait, the broad strokes. You also have a Moon in your 
birth chart, and it's probably in a different sign from the one the Sun is in. You have planets in your birth chart, 
and each may be in a different sign. 

You are a complex and unique combination, unlike anyone else. Any attempt to give an accurate description 
from only a Sun sign falls into the kind of error H. L. Mencken was referring to when he remarked that "for 
every complicated problem, there is a solution that is short, simple, and wrong." 

Only by studying the entire birth chart can an astrologer begin to get a complete picture of a personality. Even 
then, there is a certain latitude for error simply because human beings are not carved in stone. We change a little 
every day and with every person we meet. Love, tragedy, success — each circumstance of life alters us. However, the 
essential person remains. And the Sun sign is the outline of that essence. 

Astrology is a fascinating tool for the study of human nature. When you first meet someone, that person is a 
mystery. You see the color of eyes and hair, the mode of dress, whether he or she is tall or short. You must wait 
for further information to know anything more. If you know the person's Sun sign, you can put a few pieces of 
the puzzle together. But, just as when you are beginning a complex jigsaw puzzle, too many pieces are missing. 
The Sun sign merely gives you an edge, an extra insight that you would not otherwise possess. 

Of course, knowledge of Sun signs is not only useful in casual social meetings. It is invaluable in close rela- 
tionships. If your Cancer husband nags and criticizes, you'll know it's just his way of showing how much he 
cares about you. If your ten-year-old Virgo daughter acts like a premature old maid, fussing about putting every- 
thing exactly where she wants it, you'll understand why she needs to have her possessions neatly arranged. 
Knowing how scattered and forgetful a Gemini can be, you will find it easier to forgive your Gemini lover when 
your birthday present shows up two days late. 

Most important of all, an understanding of your own Sun sign will give you an added measure of self- 
knowledge, a deeper insight into the stranger that is yourself. 

Sun Sign Astrology 

Some Astrological Background on the Twelve 
Signs of the Zodiac 

In the 5,000 years that have passed since the study of as- 
trology was first recorded, the twelve signs of the zodiac 
have acquired special associations, characterizations, and 

Hundreds of years before the time of Christ, Greek 
philosophers formulated the theory of Man in Micro- 
cosm — that is, the human being is a miniature version of 
the cosmos. According to this concept, everything in nature 
has a parallel in human beings, and thus humankind and 
the universe are linked together in a system of correlations. 
Out of this idea, known as the Hermetic Theory, sprang 
such divinatory arts as palmistry, which holds that the solar 
system corresponds to various parts of the human hand. 

In keeping with the Hermetic Theory, a vast body of 
correspondences grew up surrounding the twelve signs of 
the zodiac. Many of these affinities date back thousands of 
years. Most were known when Claudius Ptolemy recorded 
them in his definitive astrological treatise, the Tetrabiblos, 
during the second century a.d. Some knowledge is more 
recent: the three modern planets, for example, were only 
discovered within the last 250 years,* and with their dis- 
covery have come new associations and definitions. 

One could say that each astrological sign is a miniature 
Book of Knowledge, and all twelve put together give a pic- 
ture of human beings, our bodies, minds, and emotions, 
and of the surrounding world in which we live. 

Like an intricate Chinese box, the zodiac is a whole en- 
tity that can be taken apart and examined in different ways. 

To begin with, the twelve signs of the zodiac are di- 
vided into several sets of groups, or numbers. They are di- 
vided into twos, threes, fours, and sixes. 


The twelve signs are divided into two groups, mascu- 
line and feminine. Six signs are masculine, and six signs 
are feminine. This is known as the sign's duality. In astro- 
logical terms, a masculine sign is direct and energetic; a 
feminine sign is receptive and magnetic. These masculine 
and feminine attributes were given to the signs about 
2,000 years ago. Today modern astrologers try to avoid 
the sexism implicit in these distinctions. A masculine sign 
does not mean "positive and forceful" any more than a 
feminine sign means "negative and weak." In modern ter- 
minology, the masculine signs are defined as outer- 
directed and strong through action. The feminine signs 
are self-contained and strong through inner reserves. 











*The three modern planets are Uranus (1781), Neptune (1846), and Pluto (1930). 

Sun Signs • 5 


The twelve signs are also divided into four groups con- 
taining three signs each. Each three-sign group is called a 
triplicity, and each of these triplicities denotes an element. 
The four elements are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. In as- 
trology, an element symbolizes a fundamental characteri- 
zation of the sign. 

Three signs are fire signs. They are Aries, Leo, and 
Sagittarius. Fire signs are active and enthusiastic. 

Three signs are earth signs. They are Taurus, Virgo, and 
Capricorn. Earth signs are practical and stable. 

Three signs are air signs. They are Gemini, Libra, and 
Aquarius. Air signs are intellectual and communicative. 

Three signs are water signs. They are Cancer, Scorpio, 
and Pisces. Water signs are emotional and intuitive. 


Next, the twelve signs are divided into three groups 
containing four signs each. Each four-sign group is called 
a quadruplicity, and each of these quadruplicities denotes 
a quality. The three qualities are Cardinal, Fixed, and Mu- 
table. In astrology, the quality signifies the sign's interac- 
tion with the outside world. 

Four signs are cardinal* signs. They are Aries, Cancer, 
Libra, and Capricorn. Cardinal signs are enterprising and 
outgoing. They are the initiators. 

Four signs are fixed signs. They are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, 
and Aquarius. Fixed signs are resistant to change. They are 
perfectors and finishers, rather than originators. 

Four signs are mutable signs. They are Gemini, Virgo, 

Sagittarius, and Pisces. Mutable signs are flexible, versatile, 
and adaptable. They are able to adjust to differing circum- 

You will notice that each of the twelve signs falls into a dif- 
ferent combination. No one sign in the zodiac has exactly 
the same duality, element, and quality as another sign. For 
example, Aries is a Masculine, Fire, Cardinal sign; there is 
no other Masculine, Fire, Cardinal sign in the zodiac. 

Because each sign is a unique combination, each sign 
expresses the characteristics of its quality, element, and 
duality differently. 

Example: Aries is Masculine, meaning it is active rather 
than receptive; Fire, meaning it is excitable and energetic; 
Cardinal, meaning it is outgoing and open to new experi- 
ences. The sign of Leo is also Masculine and Fire, but unlike 
Aries (which is Cardinal) Leo is Fixed. Therefore Leo is ex- 
troverted and passionate like Aries, but also firm in its opin- 
ions, convinced of being on the side of truth in its passions, 
and not as willing as Aries to abandon an unworkable plan 
and go on to something new. 


Finally, the twelve signs are divided into six groups 
containing two signs each. Each two-sign group is called a 
polarity (meaning "opposite"). Each sign in the zodiac has 
a polarity, which is its opposite sign in the other half of 
the zodiac. The two signs express opposite characteristics. 

Aries and Libra are a polarity. Aries is the sign of self. 
The opposite sign, Libra, is the sign of partnership. 

*When the Sun crosses the four cardinal points in the zodiac, we mark the beginning of each of our four seasons: Aries begins spring; Cancer be- 
gins summer; Libra begins fall; Capricorn begins winter. 

Sun Sign Astrology 

Taurus and Scorpio are a polarity. Taurus is the sign of 
personal possessions. The opposite sign, Scorpio, is the 
sign of legacies and shared possessions. 

Gemini and Sagittarius are a polarity. Gemini is the 
sign of self-expression. The opposite sign, Sagittarius, is 
the sign of philosophy and higher thinking, of expression 
on a wider level. 

Cancer and Capricorn are a polarity. Cancer is the sign 
of home life. The opposite sign, Capricorn, is the sign of 
public life. 

Leo and Aquarius are a polarity. Leo is the sign of per- 
sonal pleasure and creativity. The opposite sign, Aquarius, 
is the sign of hopes and ideals on a large scale. 

Virgo and Pisces are a polarity. Virgo is the sign of work 
and self-improvement. The opposite sign, Pisces, is the 
sign of dreams and self-delusion. 

Each of the twelve signs is attached to special associations 
in the outer world. There are lucky numbers, lucky days of 
the week, special colors, plants, metals, jewels, cities, etc. 
Each sign also has particular pitfalls and areas of danger 
attached to it. 

In this modern day, however, some of these associa- 
tions are quoted more for amusement than for guidance 
and instruction. Astrologers do not seriously suggest that 
if you are Aries you will like only the color red and wear 
diamonds, or if you are Virgo you will be happy living 

only in Boston and raising morning glories in your win- 
dow box. The affinities to various colors, jewels, places, 
flowers are simply part of the long, long history of sym- 
bols and connections that has grown up around the signs 
of the zodiac. 

Sometimes, however, it is fun to experiment with your 
zodiacal affinities. I have a client, for example, who gives 
"astrological" dinner parties and chooses flowers, table set- 
tings, and food that have certain connections to the zodiacal 
signs of her guests. Another client, who is a Gemini, recently 
took a trip to Melbourne, Australia, simply because of the 
affinity of his sign for that distant city. He wrote me ec- 
statically: "The minute I stepped off the plane I just knew 
that I was truly at home!" 

Part of the fascination of astrology is in its complexity; 
the various associations and symbolism surrounding the 
twelve signs are part of that rich tapestry. No two astrolog- 
ical signs are alike. Each one is different and unique. Each 
holds clues to who we are and the things and places to 
which we are drawn. 

What Is Your Sun Sign? 

The dates listed for each Sun sign may vary by a day or 
two in certain years. To be sure of your exact Sun sign, 
look up the year and month of your birth in the Sun Ta- 
bles starting on page 425 or cast your chart using the en- 
closed CD-ROM. 

Sun Signs 


(MARCH 21 - APRIL 19) 

DUALITY Masculine 



Aries is active, energetic, excitable and impulsive, optimistic, open to change and new experiences, 

RULING PLANET Mars: Ancient god of war, aggression, and conflict. In astrology, Mars's influence denotes courage, 
passion, and competition. It can foster tension and accidents, and rules over fire and danger. 

SYMBOL The Ram: Assertive, sexual, able to climb to great heights. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) HP The pictograph represents the horns and long nose of the Ram. It also pic- 
tures the eyebrows and nose of the human face (the head is the part of anatomy that Aries rules). In symbolic 
terms, the glyph is two half moons joined by a straight line, which indicates idealism tied to authority and leader- 



Aries is a "me-first" sign. People with Aries tendencies strongly project their own personalities and can be very 
self-oriented. Libra, which is Aries's opposite sign, is the sign of partnership. Natives of Libra feel incomplete with- 
out a partner or lover, and strive for happiness as a pair. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY ARIES The head: Aries people are prone to headaches, and subject to minor 
injuries around the head and face. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Diamond: Attracts love, financial success, and brings luck in new ventures. The diamond 
is particularly lucky for Aries people when worn on the left side of the body. 

SPECIAL COLOR Red: The color of fire and excitement. 

CITIES Florence, Naples, Verona, Marseilles COUNTRIES England, Germany, Poland 

FLOWERS Geranium, Honeysuckle, Sweet Pea TREES All thorn-bearing trees 


ANIMALS RULED BY ARIES Sheep and, especially, rams 

DANGER Aries people are susceptible to harm from fire and sharp instruments. They are also prone to accidents in- 
volving high speed, and tend to get into violent and dangerous situations. 

Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Aries is the first siGNof the zodiac, the sign 
that symbolizes new beginnings. It connotes quick 
changes and sudden forks in the road. Your life is marked 
by arriving at a certain place and then being turned in a 
new direction. Certainly, one can say your life is adventur- 

There is a dynamic restlessness to the Aries character. 
With the Sun in this sign, you are an activist and doer. If 
you have a new plan or idea — if an enterprise strikes your 
fancy — you can't wait to plunge right in. The amusing lit- 
tle prayer, "Grant me patience NOW!" is typical of the 
Arien attitude. 

When others first meet you their instant impression is 
of someone exciting, vibrant, talkative. Others will be 

lucky if they can get a word in edgewise. If someone brings 
up a topic, you will be delighted to tell in great detail ex- 
actly what you think about it. 

As an Aries person you gravitate toward the center of 
action. You are audacious and intent on getting your own 
way. Since your nature is to express power, you treat oppo- 
sition as an annoyance to be brushed out of the way. You 
are a natural leader who exudes self-confidence. From an 
early age you feel you are headed for success. 

Happily, you are also generous about helping others in 
a crisis. You are an openhearted friend who shares ideas 
and advice, and likes to pick up the check. You have a 
quality of largesse. You are not interested in the small or 
petty. "Go for the best" is your motto. 

Sun Signs 

There is nothing faint or half-hearted about an Arien. 
Whereas others may be more cautious, you actually enjoy 
living on the edge. A touch of recklessness makes you feel 
alive. The chase is always more thrilling than getting the 
goal. (As one Aries recently remarked rather insightfully, 
"Wanting is always better than getting.") You are willing to 
take a gamble, follow a dream, set your mind on a goal, 
and pursue it with irresistible enthusiasm. Your supreme 
quality of optimism attracts others. Underneath there may 
lurk insecurity, but no one will ever know about it. 

This is not to say you don't get depressed or moody. 
But the winter of despair doesn't last a week with Aries. 
You have an uncrackable optimism. It is true, however, 
that Aries people are notorious for taking offense at fan- 
cied slights and injuries. Hot tempers and childish 
tantrums abound, and your threshold of boredom is ex- 
tremely low. If success is not immediate, you tend to lose 
interest and go in search of other excitement. As a result, 
patient, plodding types often get to the head of the class 
before you do. 

Ariens have a well-deserved reputation for not finish- 
ing what they have begun. You are very short of patience, 
and your lack of stick-to-itiveness is your weak spot. Also, 
you spend your energy in too many different ways, like the 
Ring Lardner hero who mounted a horse and rode off in 
all directions at once. 

Independence is a keyword. You can turn sulky and 
peevish if you have to take orders. You would much rather 
be the world's largest lizard than the world's smallest 
dragon. You want to run the whole show. If you can't, you 
pull up stakes and look for a situation in which you can 
show off your style and brilliance. Should you come up 
against a superior force, you will bend but never break. 

Your aggressive and combative spirit cannot be broken by 
anyone — except yourself. 

One of the pitfalls of being an Aries is that you're es- 
sentially self-involved. Unless you make an effort to look 
outward at others and their feelings, you can easily be- 
come a spoiled brat. 

Though generally sincere and honest, you will tell a 
white lie if it seems advantageous. You are not a very adept 
liar, however; others see right through you. Sometimes 
you lack tact and diplomacy, but no malice is intended. 
Sagittarians also lack this quality of tact because they 
don't know how to be oblique or roundabout. With you, 
tactlessness is an impulsive act — a careless expression of 
your innate force. Too often you speak without thinking 
and say whatever pops into your mouth, and usually re- 
gret your impulsiveness later. 

Aries is lucky with money, but has trouble holding on to 
it. You tend to run up big bills, live extravagantly, soar over 
budget. However, you usually find a way to pay off what you 
owe. You have too much pride to remain in anyone's debt. 

In friendship you give magnanimously if someone is in 
need, but you want to get credit for your good deeds. In 
the garden of Aries, there are few shrinking violets. 

You are creative, openhearted, high-spirited, pioneer- 
ing, also vain, feisty, and impatient. Those who deal with 
you on an intimate basis will have one chief problem: 
How are they going to keep up the pace? 

The Inner You 

You like to be in charge — you want to control your 
own projects and plans and not be under anyone else's 
thumb. You have an intense drive to succeed and put a lot 
of pressure on yourself. Inside, you're filled with nervous 

10 • Sun Sign Astrology 

energy and worry about how you're going to handle every- 
thing. You hate to be bored; you're always looking for 
something different — new people and places that promise 
excitement and adventure. You have very little patience; 
you need to practice sticking things out. You're also impa- 
tient with people who can't resolve a problem. You believe 
in taking action. What you do have are great generosity 
and enthusiasm. And although you suffer from occasional 
self-doubt, you know that if you really want to do some- 
thing, you can! 

How Others See You 

Your upbeat, magnetic personality pulls people toward 
you — you bring excitement into their lives. They envy 
your aggressiveness in meeting a challenge. Whatever the 
problem, you give the impression that you have an answer 
ready. You're also admired for your honesty; you don't 
gloss over difficulties. What people don't like is your ten- 
dency toward bossiness and your deserved reputation for 
being sharp-tongued. They're afraid to cross you in an ar- 
gument because they know you can cut them to the quick. 

Sun Signs • 11 

Famous People with the Sun in Aries 

Maya Angelou 
Johann Sebastian Bach 
Alec Baldwin 
Warren Beatty 
Marlon Brando 
Matthew Broderick 
Charles Chaplin 
Cesar Chavez 
Tom Clancy 
Billy Collins 
Joan Crawford 
Russell Crowe 
Clarence Darrow 
Bette Davis 
Doris Day 
Daniel Day-Lewis 

Isak Dinesen 
Celine Dion 
David Frost 
Robert Frost 
James Garner 
John Gielgud 
Alec Guinness 
Hugh Hefner 
Billie Holiday 
Harry Houdini 
Henry James 
Thomas Jefferson 
Elton John 
Keira Knightley 
David Letterman 
Ali MacGraw 

Peyton Manning 
Eugene McCarthy 
Steve McQueen 
Ann Miller 
Dudley Moore 
Eddie Murphy 
Leonard Nimoy 
Rosie O'Donnell 
Sarah Jessica Parker 
Danica Patrick 
Gregory Peck 
Anthony Perkins 
Mary Pickford 
Colin Powell 
Sergei Rachmaninoff 
Diana Ross 

Omar Sharif 
Stephen Sondheim 
Edward Steichen 
Rod Steiger 
Gloria Steinem 
Leopold Stokowski 
Gloria Swanson 
Arturo Toscanini 
Spencer Tracy 
Peter Ustinov 

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe 
Vincent van Gogh 
Andrew Lloyd Webber 
Thornton Wilder 
Tennessee Williams 
Florenz Ziegfeld 

Colin Powell 

Peyton Manning 

Maya Angelou 

12 • Sun Sign Astrology 


(April 20 - May 20) 

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DUALITY Feminine 



Taurus is quiet, affectionate, patient, stable, determined and practical, stubborn, and resistant to change. 

RULING PLANET Venus: Roman goddess of beauty and the arts, pleasure, emotions. In astrology, Venus's influence in- 
clines toward a love of luxury and exceptional creative ability. 

SYMBOL The Bull: Strong, stubborn, plodding, can be both fierce and gentle. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) & The pictograph represents the horns and head of the Bull. It also outlines the chin 
and Adam's apple of the human throat (the part of the anatomy that Taurus rules). In symbolic terms, the glyph is a 
half-moon forming a cup that rests on the circle of the Sun. The cup represents material power and wealth derived 
through the force of will (the circle). 


POLARITY Scorpio: 

Taurus is the sign of property and money. Its natives put a high regard on collecting possessions and are known to 
cling to what is theirs. Scorpio, Taurus's opposite sign, is the sign of legacies and shared wealth. The wealth of Scorpio 
people tends to be spiritual rather than material, which they give to others in the form of teaching, writing, and the 
healing arts. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY TAURUS Neck and throat: Many Taurus people have beautiful speaking and 
singing voices. But they are vulnerable to colds, laryngitis, sore throats, and thyroid problems. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Emerald: Protects against infidelity and deceit, ensures loyalty, and improves memory. 

SPECIAL COLORS Pale blue and mauve: The soft colors of refinement and gentleness. 

CITIES Dublin, Lucerne, Leipzig, St. Louis COUNTRIES Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Greece 

FLOWERS Violet and Poppy TREES Cypress and Apple 

METAL Copper 


DANGER Taurus people have a tendency to get involved in violent situations that have to do with love or money. They of- 
ten antagonize others and incite the passions of lovers because of their stubbornness and possessiveness. 

Sun Signs • 13 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

You are the person others count on in the clutch, 
the one who perseveres when less determined spirits fall 
by the wayside. Because perseverance is the quality most 
needed for success, you tend to be successful. 

You are not the pioneer who first strikes out for new ter- 
ritory, but the determined settler who follows and builds 
houses and towns and cultivates the soil. If you were born 
under this second sign of the zodiac, there is a pronounced 
stubborn streak in you. Your greatest strength resides in your 
tenacity and steady, relentless drive. You are a purposeful 
achiever who has endless patience to see a thing through, to 

make it a success. You are the original immovable object and 
irresistible force. 

Taurus is a fixed sign, which means its natives are not 
fond of change. You simply cannot be rushed into anything 
new. A different approach creates unease and anxiety in 
you. You are most comfortable and secure with the familiar, 
and your attitude might be summed up as "If everything is 
working fine the way it is, why try something new?" 

Everyone knows you have a temper, although you rarely 
show it. As a subordinate remarked of a Taurean executive, 
"No one actually saw him lose his temper, but no one ever 


Sun Sign Astrology 

doubted that he had one." Generally, you are equable and 
patient, as patient as time itself, and it is only when op- 
posed (even then, it will take a lot of pushing) that you be- 
come angry. However, there is volcanic activity going on 
underneath your easygoing, genial exterior. Like a bull 
quietly grazing in a pasture, you're not looking to chal- 
lenge anyone, but it would be a fatal mistake for anyone to 
challenge you. 

However, unless someone seriously provokes the fierce 
side to your personality, you are like Ferdinand the Bull, 
the gentle cartoon character who loves to sit and smell the 
flowers. You are caring, giving, and affectionate, and have a 
great fondness for all things beautiful. Ruled by Venus, god- 
dess of love and beauty, you are endowed with genuine cre- 
ative gifts, responsive to color and design, inspired by art 
and music. The Taurean taste is supremely elegant. You 
have a keen eye for what is valuable and are usually an avid 
collector. Indeed, you were born under one of the two 
money signs in the zodiac (Cancer is the other one), for 
Taurus represents material possessions. It's a rare native of 
this sign who does not think that possessions, objets, 
wealth, and money are definitely for having — and the more 
the better. 

Others are fascinated by your rare blending of a down- 
to-earth person who is such a romantic, poetic sort. In Tau- 
rus, the stability of an earth sign combines with the esthetic 
influence of Venus to create a responsible, steadfast personal- 
ity with a deep appreciation for the finer aspects of life. 
Again and again, you'll find that the unique pairing of your 
artistic vision with your determination to reach a goal is one 
of the great secrets to your success. 

You are also driven by the search for security — your 

byword. You look for permanence in career, love, mar- 
riage, and home. Let others gad about, jet-set, gallivant, 
and sleep around. You are happiest at home, surrounded 
by the beautiful, expensive things you have collected, se- 
cure in the warmth of a mate's devotion, steadfast and 
faithful to those whom you love. 

Beneath the surface you are sensuous and sentimental. 
You don't give lavish gifts as tokens of affection because 
you are not a carefree spender — value is what you expect 
for your hard-earned dollar. Although you are willing to 
follow where your heart leads, you find it difficult to dis- 
play your feelings openly. Your personality is private and 

Living with you isn't always easy. You can be dogmatic, 
secretive, stingy, opinionated, and suspicious, and your 
silent manner may conceal feelings of envy and rivalry. It's 
hard to get you moving, for you tend to be self-indulgent, 
even lazy. 

You have great stores of energy, however, which you put 
to use when you want to — not when others want you to. 

Venus emphasizes the social side of Taurus. Although 
basically shy and reserved with strangers, you can be a 
wonderful host or hostess. You like to entertain those you 
are fond of. You may not indulge as freely in frivolous 
pleasures as, say, Leo or Libra natives, but you are 
renowned for enjoying good food and good wine in plush 
surroundings. You believe in pampering yourself with the 
comforts of the good life. 

As a person born under this sign, you are an endearing 
combination of the dependable and sensible, the sensitive 
and emotional. Inside every practical, stolid-seeming Tau- 
rean, there is a romantic dreamer struggling to get out. 

Sun Signs • 15 

The Inner You 

You need order in your life — you get anxious when 
things are out of control. And because the unfamiliar 
makes you feel insecure, you tend to cut yourself off from 
fresh experiences. You need to be more open to change. 
Having beautiful things is important to you, and your in- 
stinct for collecting even spills over into relationships. You 
hold fast to those you care about. You have a few close 
friends rather than many casual acquaintances. In love, 
you're happiest when involved in a caring, committed re- 
lationship. You're deeply sensitive — a rebuff or harsh word 
is very upsetting to you — and with strangers, you often 
feel self-conscious. 

How Others See You 

You're thought of as a serene influence, someone to 
depend on, and you're admired for your organized mind. 
Not many people realize that you're sensitive and easily 
wounded. You are trusted as a tastemaker, and your artis- 
tic and esthetic opinion is welcomed. Because you have 
sound instincts about money, your financial advice is also 
sought. On the other hand, people resent your tendency to 
be dogmatic. Even if you're right, others don't understand 
why you have to be so unyielding. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

Famous People with the Sun in Taurus 


Fred Astaire 
Mary Astor 
Burt Bacharach 
Stephen Baldwin 
Lionel Barrymore 
Candice Bergen 
Irving Berlin 
Yogi Berra 
Cate Blanchett 
Johannes Brahms 
Carol Burnett 
George Carlin 

George Clooney 
Stephen Colbert 
Perry Como 
Gary Cooper 
Bing Crosby 

Kirsten Dunst 

Albert Finney 

Ella Fitzgerald 

Henry Fonda 

Sigmund Freud 

Martha Graham 

Ulysses S. Grant 

William Randolph Hearst 

Joseph Heller 

Audrey Hepburn 

Katharine Hepburn 

Glenda Jackson 

Janet Jackson 

Reggie Jackson 

Bianca Jagger 

Jasper Johns 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson 

Grace Jones 

Harper Lee 

Jay Leno 

Sugar Ray Leonard 
Leonardo da Vinci 
Anita Loos 
Joe Louis 
Karl Marx 
Rod McKuen 
Shirley MacLaine 
Bernard Malamud 
Tim McGraw 
Golda Meir 
Yehudi Menuhin 
Patrice Munsel 
Vladimir Nabokov 
Willie Nelson 
Jack Nicholson 
Florence Nightingale 
Ryan O'Neal 
Al Pacino 
Eva Peron 

Roberta Peters 
Michelle Pfeiffer 
Ezio Pinza 
Pope John Paul II 
Sergei Prokofiev 
Anthony Quinn 
Bertrand Russell 
Pete Seeger 
William Shakespeare 
Benjamin Spock 
James Stewart 
Barbra Streisand 
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Shirley Temple 
Uma Thurman 
Harry S. Truman 
Rudolph Valentino 
Orson Welles 

Pope John Paul II 

Stephen Colbert 

Audrey Hepburn 

Sun Signs • 17 


(May 21 - June 20) 

DUALITY Masculine 



Gemini is lively, energetic, versatile, and intellectual, lives primarily in the mind rather than the emotions, and is ex- 
tremely adaptable to new situations. 

RULING PLANET Mercury: Ancient messenger of the gods. In astrology, Mercury rules communication and travel. Its 
influence emphasizes quick cleverness and a nervous temperament. 

SYMBOL The Twins: Associated with duality, humanism, versatility, communication. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) HE The pictograph represents the two figures of the Twins. The dual symbol also pic- 
tures the human arms or lungs (the parts of the body that Gemini rules). In symbolic terms, two upright lines 
bounded by top and bottom lines represent wisdom, learning, and the powers of the mind to synthesize information. 


POLARITY Sagittarius: 

Gemini is the sign of thought and communication on a personal level. Natives of Gemini strive for self-expression, and 
try to impose their point of view on others. Sagittarius, which is Gemini's opposite sign, is the sign governing the wider 
provenance of philosophy and mental exploration. Sagittarian people tend to shrink from close personal involvement 
and, unlike Gemini, are shaped by what others think of them. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY GEMINI Hands, arms, shoulders, and lungs: Geminis are susceptible to strains 
and accidents involving arms and hands; also prone to bronchitis and respiratory ailments. 

LUCKY DAY Wednesday LUCKY NUMBERS 5 and 9 

MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Agate: A multicolored precious stone that protects from deception and falsehood, and bestows 
eloquence, especially in declarations of love. 

SPECIAL COLOR Yellow: Bright and luminous, the color of novelty. 

CITIES London, San Francisco, Versailles, Melbourne COUNTRIES United States, Wales, Belgium 

FLOWERS Lily of the Valley and Lavender TREES Nut-bearing trees 

METAL Mercury 

ANIMALS RULED BY GEMINI Brightly colored birds and butterflies 

DANGER Gemini people are prone to accidents while traveling, especially by air. Their fickle natures also tend to arouse 
unexpected anger in others, the depth of which Geminis often misjudge. 

Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

People born under this sign are many-sided, 
quick in thought and action, clever with words, skill- 
ful at handling others, brimful of new ideas. 

Astrologers regard this third sign of the zodiac as the 
quintessentially human sign, for it seems to sum up quali- 
ties that are the distinguishing hallmarks of the human 
race — intelligence (Gemini is an air sign), adaptability 
(Gemini is a mutable sign), and communicativeness 
(Gemini is ruled by Mercury). 

Gemini people do not sit back and watch the scenery 
go by. As a Gemini, you are endlessly curious about every- 
thing and must be part of the busy passing scene. If all the 
world's a stage, Gemini must be the actor on that stage. 

Unlike Leo, who wants only to be the star, Gemini wants 
to play all the parts — and be the director, the producer, 
and the stagehand! 

Duality is your most famous trait. You usually want 
more than one of everything. That includes jobs, hobbies, 
careers, and lovers. Basically your nature is restless, on the 
go, in quest of new ideas and fresh experiences. Things get 
very dull for you unless you have a constant change of 
scenery. Variety is your game. As a result, you often leave a 
trail of unfinished tasks. Your tendency is to fritter away 
energy on too many projects instead of concentrating your 
cleverness on one task. 

Gemini is the sign of communication, and its natives 

Sun Signs 


have an urgent and continual need to communicate. You 
enjoy writing notes, chatting with strangers, surfing the 
web, tossing off e-mails, IM's, and text messages — and the 
telephone is a major means of communication. People 
should learn not to give you their number if they don't 
like to spend a lot of time on the phone! 

Your astrological symbol should really be the question 
mark. You're a perpetual student of life who never stops 
asking questions. You love to talk to people, and this is the 
great secret of your charm. Others open to you like flow- 
ers. As a result, you're a marvelous people-manager who 
can rev up enthusiasm and loyalty. 

Born with the gift of persuasion, you could sell ice in 
Greenland. Your quick mind can explain any action, defend 
any position, justify any course. A mental magpie, you pick 
up information here, gossip there, tidbits everywhere. This 
makes you an ideal conversationalist, for you know a little 
about everything, though, some have said, not a lot about 
anything. You also are inclined to have firm opinions on 
everything (subject to revision at a moment's notice). What 
you value most is intellectual independence, and what you 
lack most is perseverance. 

Another Gemini weakness is superficiality. Because 
you are so quick to grasp an idea or size up a situation, 
you tend to skim its surface, not bothering to explore it in 
any depth. The other side of the coin, however, is that with 
very little preparation you can make a marvelous initial 

Your facile gifts of writing, speaking, and self-expres- 
sion make you a success in dealing with the public. You 
have a quicksilver personality that can adapt to many 
kinds of people. You are often drawn to the stage and the 
dramatic arts. Among famous writers and performers 

born with the Sun in Gemini are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 
Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, Laurence Olivier, 
Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland. 

Amusing, versatile and witty, you are a wonderful 
friend who lifts people out of their doldrums. Does some- 
one need advice? Instruction? An introduction? You're 
right there, ready to jump in, and others are energized by 
your enthusiasm. It's easy to see why you are usually sur- 
rounded by friends and admirers because you're such fun 
to be with. True, you can be impatient with persons who 
aren't as quick as you are, or who can't keep up with the 
rapid flow of your thought and speech. However, your nat- 
ural exuberance sweeps even the most reluctant and surly 
along with you. In almost any situation you can be as 
charming as you want to be — with a little extra thrown in. 

Life is a jest and all things show it; 
I thought so once and now I know it, 

spells out the philosophy of Gemini. You don't waste time 
plumbing dark emotional depths, and you certainly don't 
want to get sucked into anyone's problems that might sab- 
otage your freedom. Though you do have a brooding side 
to your Jekyll and Hyde disposition, you determinedly put 
on a cheerful face so you make the best impression. You try 
not to let anything dampen your high spirits or throw cold 
water on the fun and games. 

Geminis have a wide range of contacts and benefit 
from the advice and help of influential people. You will at- 
tract financial luck, but a tendency toward extravagance 
often more than offsets it. In your ledger, income always 
adds up to something a little short of outgo. 

Routine and monotony are two things you dread, and 
you will go to any lengths to avoid them. Change is your 

20 • Sun Sign Astrology 

keyword, and what you value most is freedom. It's useless 
for anyone to try to pin you down. For you, the fun is in 
traveling, not in arriving at a destination. You love to ex- 
plore new territory, see the way people live on the other 
side of the world. Inquisitive and imaginative, you are 
open to a different way of looking at things. Your trendy, 
up-to-date lifestyle has you constantly living off the fad of 
the land. 

For the sheer fascination of it, people should have at 
least one Gemini in their lives. (Two might be exhausting.) 

The Inner You 

You react instantly to new situations, but because 
you're so keenly attuned to your environment, you tend to 
have a nervous temperament. And though you give off 
sparks of energy, excitement, and charm, inside you feel 
like a wound-up spring. Others are fascinated by your en- 
thusiasm while inwardly you're already bored with this 
person or that project. In your relationships, you're very 

giving, but you also need time for yourself. You like to per- 
form, using your wit and intelligence to move to center 
stage. You love to gossip, mostly because you find out such 
interesting things! You're generous with your time, friend- 
ship, and possessions. One problem is that instead of look- 
ing at people's deeper qualities, you tend to judge them by 
their reaction to you. Are you coming off well; are you 
mesmerizing them? 

How Others See You 

People like to be around you because you're interesting 
and amusing. They admire you for your talent with words 
and sense of humor. Although you're considered more of a 
cerebral type, friends trust your judgment about emo- 
tional matters. They also know you'll jump in to help 
when asked. Only those closest to you know you can be 
moody and discouraged. When crossed you can be sarcas- 
tic, which makes some people think you're arrogant. 

Sun Signs • 21 

Famous People with the Sun in Gemini 

Paula Abdul 
Tim Allen 
F. Lee Bailey 
Josephine Baker 
Annette Bening 
Mel Blanc 
George Bush 
Rachel Carson 
Rosemary Clooney 
Joan Collins 
Courtney Cox 
Jacques Cousteau 
Mario Cuomo 
Tony Curtis 
Johnny Depp 
Arthur Conan Doyle 
Albrecht Diirer 
Bob Dylan 
Clint Eastwood 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Douglas Fairbanks 

Ian Fleming 

Errol Flynn 

Michael J. Fox 

Judy Garland 

Paul Gauguin 

Lou Gehrig 

Allen Ginsberg 

Benny Goodman 

Steffi Graf 

Che Guevara 

Nathan Hale 

Marvin Hamlisch 

Dashiell Hammett 

Lillian Hellman 

Bob Hope 

Gerard Manley Hopkins 

Hubert Humphrey 

Allen Iverson 
Angelina Jolie 
Tom Jones 
Louis Jourdan 
John F. Kennedy 
Nicole Kidman 
Henry Kissinger 
Anna Kournikova 
Lenny Kravitz 
Hugh Laurie 
Peggy Lee 

Federico Garcia Lorca 
Robert Ludlum 
Paul McCartney 
Malcolm McDowell 
Larry McMurtry 
Barry Manilow 
Thomas Mann 
Dean Martin 

Marilyn Monroe 
Bill Moyers 
Joe Namath 
Liam Neeson 
Joyce Carol Oates 
Jacques Offenbach 
Laurence Olivier 
Frank Oz 
Cole Porter 

Alexander Pushkin 
Basil Rathbone 
Sally Ride 
Joan Rivers 
Isabella Rossellini 
Henri Rousseau 
Salman Rushdie 
Marquis de Sade 
Jean-Paul Sartre 

Maurice Sendak 
Tupac Shakur 
Brooke Shields 
Harriet Beecher 

Richard Strauss 
William Styron 
Kathleen Turner 
Donald Trump 
Richard Wagner 
Kanye West 
Ruth Westheimer 
Walt Whitman 
Gene Wilder 
Hank Williams Jr. 
Venus Williams 
Herman Wouk 
Frank Lloyd Wright 
William Butler Yeats 

Marilyn Monroe 

John F. Kennedy 

Paul McCartney 

22 • Sun Sign Astrology 


(June 21 - July 22) 

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DUALITY Feminine 



Cancer is receptive, sensitive, and imaginative, sympathetic, kind, and emotional, and possesses an active, shrewd, and in- 
tuitive mind. 

RULING PLANET The Moon: Earth's one satellite, which waxes and wanes and exerts a powerful magnetic influence. In as- 
trology, the Moon governs emotions and intuitive behavior. 

SYMBOL The Crab: Possessing an impenetrable exterior covering soft flesh underneath. At the first sign of danger, it with- 
draws into its shell and scuttles back to the sea, where it feels safe. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) ® The pictograph represents the claws is also a picture of the human breasts 
(a part of the anatomy that Cancer rules). In symbolic terms, the glyph is two circles of the Sun connected to two crescent 
moons. The moons represent Cancer's desire to store memories and possessions; the circles tied to the moons represent force 
and energy expressed through emotions and imagination. 


POLARITY Capricorn: 

Cancer is the sign of home and family life. Cancerians seek close personal relationships and are happiest surrounded by the 
familiar and those whom they love. Capricorn, Cancer's opposite sign, is the sign of reputation and public standing. Natives 
of Capricorn are concerned with the image they project, and they search for power and fulfillment in the outside world. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY CANCER The breasts and stomach: Cancerians love to eat and have to fight weight 
gain in later years. They are also subject to digestive ailments caused by tension and emotional stress. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Pearl: Changes bad fortune into good and discord into harmony. It also brings support from in- 
fluential people. 

SPECIAL COLORS Sea green and silver: The shimmering colors of the water and the moon. 

CITIES Venice, Amsterdam, New York, Algiers COUNTRIES Scotland, Holland, New Zealand 

FLOWERS Larkspur and Acanthus TREES Trees rich in sap 

METAL Silver 

ANIMALS RULED BY CANCER Those with shell coverings 

DANGER Cancer people are susceptible to accidents in the home. They are also prone to becoming victims of theft. 

Sun Signs • 23 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

No one has ever said Cancerians are easy to un- 
derstand. You may appear gentle, kind, sympathetic, 
and a patient listener. Then someone asks for advice, and 
you turn cranky, snappish, and appear to be completely in- 
different to anyone's problems but your own. You may wal- 
low in self-pity and complain endlessly about how mis- 
treated you are by the world. Turn another page of the 
calendar and suddenly you are back being helpful, solici- 
tous, ready to do anything asked of you. More than any 
other sign, Cancer is a series of contradictions. You prize 
security above all else, yet love new adventure. You are the 
soul of caution but you're also a courageous initiator who 
goes out of your way to push over obstacles with your driv- 
ing personality. 

What's your secret? Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon 
and has water as its element, can be likened to the shifting 
tides of the oceans. Like the tides, Cancer is the sign of pow- 
erful forces moving under the surface. That surface, however, 
is quite difficult to penetrate, for Cancerians tend to build up 
an elaborate array of defenses to hide their deep feelings and 
extreme sensitivity. 

Complex, fragile, unpredictable, temperamental, the 
typical Cancerian needs constant support and encourage- 
ment. You want desperately to be loved and approved of 
but resent needing approval so badly. Cancer's big lesson 
is to recognize the hidden anger you carry within you and 
not allow this to corrode the relationships that give you 
the emotional support you seek. Happily, when you get 

24 • Sun Sign Astrology 

what you need, you give the best you have in return. Those 
who make you feel secure command your undying loyalty. 
When you really care for someone there is nothing any- 
one can say about that person that will make the least bit 
of difference. You have a real blind spot when it comes to 
seeing a failing in those you love. 

If you could wave a magic wand and do the one thing 
that would make you happier it is to crack open that Crab 
shell and venture out into the world of possibility. Staying 
enclosed emotionally and psychically keeps you fearful. 
Cancer's fears are based on the fact that you have a difficult 
time trusting. You don't trust others or the universe or 
yourself. One Cancer told me recently, "We've been sold a 
bill of goods by the stories we were told as children. There 
is no joy or happiness in life. Life is just plain hard." The 
problem with this point of view is it leaves very little open- 
ing for any kind of abundance to flow in. It's hard to see the 
kindness in loved ones or the generosity of strangers or un- 
expected luck in an arduous situation if one has decided 
from the start that it's a dog-eat-dog world. 

Yet most contradictory of all is the fact you're such a 
nurturer who gives unselfishly to anyone who needs you. 
Your greatest impact is in human relationships; you have an 
instinct for making others feel cared for and understood. 
Among your most endearing traits is your loyalty. 

You tend to be a worrier and a silent brooder. People 
may pour out their hearts to you, but the flow never goes 
in the other direction. You are cautious about revealing too 
much of yourself; you guard your secrets well. 

If offended, you do not strike back directly. Your 
method of retaliation is to sulk, and it is often very effec- 
tive. The technique is somewhat like being whipped to 
death by a dozen strands of boiled spaghetti. 

Cancer's symbol, the Crab, has a hard outer shell that 
protects soft, vulnerable flesh underneath. The same is 
true of Cancerians, who are often crusty, gruff, and 
grumpy, but possess a proverbial heart of gold. Beneath 
your tough exterior you are a sentimental softie who will 
make any sacrifice for someone in need. If someone asks 
for a favor, your first reaction will probably be no, but the 
final answer is always yes. You should be judged not by 
what you say but by what you do. 

You are possessive. Anyone who becomes part of your 
life will never again be entirely free. You try to stay in 
touch with friends, ex-lovers, former spouses, business asso- 
ciates, persons you knew as children. Cancer is the cosmic 
collector — if you let anyone go out of your life, it is un- 
willingly and never completely. This reflects your preoccu- 
pation with the past. An aura of nostalgia dwells about 
you; the events and people of bygone years continue to in- 
habit your memory and usually grow dearer to you as time 
goes by. You are devoted to family and home and continue 
to believe in the old-fashioned idea that marriage is for- 
ever — even if the events of your own life contradict this. 

It is hard to deceive you, for you can spot the tiniest 
nuances of behavior. In fact, you are almost psychic in 
your intuitions. A photographic memory added to intense 
powers of observation makes you extremely canny about 
divining other people's inner motivations. 

Cancerians are crablike in their indirect approach to an 
intended target. Observe a crab moving on a beach and 
you will notice its strange sidewise movement toward a 
goal. People born under the sign of the Crab never take 
the direct approach. You step to one side, then step to the 
other side, and sometimes go completely around. But you 
get where you intend to go. 

Sun Signs • 25 

If channeled in the right direction, your enormous 
sensitivity can be a great source of strength. Once you 
overcome your shyness and touchiness and master your 
turbulent emotions, your intellect and imagination enable 
you to become a success in almost anything you under- 
take. You have the ability to dig into your own inner life 
and turn creativity into practical ideas. Contrary to the 
impression you often give, you can be shrewd and canny 
in business. Cautious, conservative in your approach, you 
possess an antenna that quickly gauges public taste and 
opinion and senses new trends in the making. You're also 
an on-the-mark judge of people. You are artistic and cre- 
ative, and have formidable intellectual talents. This in- 
stinct for business combined with imagination is magical 
for acquiring financial security, and Cancer is called a 
"money sign" because of its ability to attract wealth. 

Cancer people hold on to money as tenaciously as they 
do to everything that belongs to them. To you money 
spells security, yet no matter how much wealth you accu- 
mulate you never feel really secure. That is true of your 
emotional security also. A Cancerian never gets enough 
love and approval; you always need more. It is very easy to 
fall in love with this loyal, devoted, affectionate, and pro- 
tective Moon-child. 

The Inner You 

On the surface you're the picture of calm and strength, 
but underneath you tend to feel insecure and inadequate. 
You are positive that other people know what they're do- 
ing while you're just winging it. You also imagine the 
worst outcome to a scenario, never the best. You are a very 
emotional person; you are constantly feeling. Hearing a 
song on the radio makes you feel sentimental, and a par- 
ticular scent, flower, or picture can jar your memory. You 

are also extraordinarily in sync with other people's feel- 
ings. In fact, you get almost as involved in your friends' 
problems as you do in your own. When you're close to 
someone, you believe you are supposed to help that per- 
son. Harmony is important to you — any kind of conflict 
or quarrel leaves you feeling depressed. However, you're 
definitely not wishy-washy; you have the courage of your 
convictions and the strength to stick up for what you 
think is right. You don't welcome change, and are hesitant 
about going ahead with something untried, yet this does- 
n't stop you from doing what has to be done. 

How Others See You 

Those in your circle think of you as a den mother — 
the one who tries to fix other people's problems and make 
sure everyone is happy. They like your concern for their 
well-being and cherish your wise counsel. But why, even if 
they follow your advice, do they keep it a secret from you? 
Because they think you're controlling and don't want to be 
a puppet on your string. They also think you're moody. 
One minute you seem to care about them, and the next 
you're crabby and to be avoided at all costs. In your career, 
you're viewed as someone who can quickly spot an oppor- 
tunity for financial gain. 

26 • Sun Sign Astrology 

Famous People with the Sun in Cancer 

Alexander the Great 
Louis Armstrong 
Polly Bergen 
Ingmar Bergman 
Bill Blass 
David Brinkley 
Mel Brooks 
Yul Brynner 
George W. Bush 
James Cagney 
Pierre Cardin 
Barbara Cartland 
Marc Chagall 
Gower Champion 
John Chancellor 
Van Cliburn 
Jean Cocteau 
Bill Cosby 
Tom Cruise 
Olivia de Havilland 

Oscar de la Renta 
Diana, Princess 

of Wales 
Phyllis Diller 
Marty Feldman 
M. F. K. Fisher 
Harrison Ford 
Bob Fosse 
Stephen Foster 
Erie Stanley Gardner 
John Glenn 
Merv Griffin 
Susan Hayward 
Tom Hanks 
Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Ernest Hemingway 
Al Hirschfeld 
Judy Holliday 
Lena Home 
Anjelica Huston 

Randy Jackson 
Derek Jeter 
Frida Kahlo 
Franz Kafka 
Helen Keller 
Rose Kennedy 
Ann Landers 
Janet Leigh 
Lindsay Lohan 
Gina Lollobrigida 
Sidney Lumet 
Tobey Maguire 
Nelson Mandela 
Mary McCarthy 
George McGovern 
Marshall McLuhan 
Bess Myerson 
Clifford Odets 
George Orwell 
Camilla Parker-Bowles 

Ross Perot 
Prince William 
Marcel Proust 
Gilda Radner 
Nancy Reagan 
Erich Maria Remarque 
Diana Rigg 
Geraldo Rivera 
Nelson Rockefeller 
Ginger Rogers 
Linda Ronstadt 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau 
Francoise Sagan 
Antoine de 

George Sand 
Carly Simon 
Neil Simon 
Jessica Simpson 
Jimmy Smits 

Sylvester Stallone 
Barbara Stanwyck 
Ringo Starr 
Isaac Stern 
Patrick Stewart 
Irving Stone 
Meryl Streep 
Donald Sutherland 
William Makepeace 

Twyla Tharp 
Henry David Thoreau 
Mike Tyson 
Abigail Van Buren 
James Whistler 
E. B. White 
Billy Wilder 
Robin Williams 
Andrew Wyeth 

Princess Diana 

George W. Bush 

Ernest Hemingway 

Sun Signs • 27 


(July 23 - August 22) 

DUALITY Masculine 



Leo is enthusiastic, powerful, expansive and creative, generous and extravagant, dogmatic and fixed in opinion. 

RULING PLANET The Sun: Center of our solar system, a star that burns with intense fire and supplies us with light, 
heat, and energy. In astrology, the Sun is the most powerful planetary influence, bestowing vitality and authority. 

SYMBOL The Lion: Regal, brave, dominating, sometimes indolent. Possessing nobility and pride. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) £ I The pictograph represents two valves of the human heart (a part of the anatomy 
that Leo rules). It is also the Greek symbol for the first letter of Leo. In symbolic terms, it is two incomplete circles of 
the Sun joined by a crescent Moon, symbolizing power derived from both the intellect and the emotions. 


POLARITY Aquarius: 

Leo is the sign that governs pleasure and creativity. Natives of Leo look for what they can get out of life for them- 
selves, and tend to dominate others. Aquarius, Leo's opposite sign, is the sign of hopes and wishes and the higher 
aspirations of mankind. Aquarian people are concerned with larger ideals, humanitarian concepts, and are more im- 
personal and aloof in their relationships. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY LEO Back, spine, and the heart: Emotional strain and physical overexertion cause 
back and spine ailments in Leo people. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Ruby: Protects against physical injury and ensures faithfulness. It also brings its wearer 
serenity of mind. 

SPECIAL COLORS Gold and orange: The magnetic colors of the Sun. 

CITIES Rome, Prague, Damascus, Hollywood COUNTRIES France, Italy, Romania 

FLOWERS Sunflower and Marigold TREES Orange and all citrus trees 



DANGER Leo people tend to be bombastic and challenging, and often unknowingly provoke others into impulsive vio- 
lence. They are also prone to being victims of slander. 

28 • Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Your loyalty is beyond question. You are devoted 
to yourself. All Leos possess a kingdom. The kingdom 
may be big or small, it may be your home or a lover or a 
piece of creative work or your whole career. But whatever 
it is, you are unquestioningly ruler of this kingdom. Self- 
assurance surrounds Leo people like a ghost image on a 
television set. While others wait in the wings, you bask in 
the spotlight. Whatever you do, you do with a flair for the 
dramatic — everything about you is theatrical. You don't 
have to look for a role to play in life. You've found it. You 
are the monarch of all you survey. 

When you enter a room you secretly hope everyone 
will stand up and sing a few stanzas of the Hallelujah Cho- 
rus! At a party it isn't long before you assume control of 

the evening. Witty, vivacious, a fluent talker, you are a 
born entertainer who can lend spice to any occasion. Your 
energy is electric, and people gravitate to you as steel fil- 
ings to a magnet. 

Your Sun sign confers a great flair for drama and an in- 
stinct for getting attention. Because your nature is flam- 
boyant and expansive, you despise the humdrum, the ordi- 
nary, and the dull. When real life does not supply all the 
excitement you need, you try to create your own. Hyper- 
bole is second nature to you. You are born to do things in 
a r-r-really big way. 

If you invite people to your castle (which is how you 
think of your home), you entertain them royally. You are a 
splendid host. 

Sun Signs • 29 

Others may become reconciled to accepting second 
best; not Leos. Born under the most royal sign of the zo- 
diac, there is absolutely nothing Leo people can think of 
that's too good for them. Luxury is as vital to you as 
breathing. You want to enjoy the good life, and never 
mind what it costs. You are not a good haggler or bar- 
gainer because basically you want what you want when 
you want it. 

Your public image is very important to you. When a 
Leo woman's checking account is down to two figures 
somehow she'll find the means to buy a glorious new 
dress, and when his credit cards are overdrawn a Leo man 
will still make reservations at the best restaurant in town. 
Leos are the most lavish spenders in the zodiac (Librans 
run a close second). 

Generous, kind, and openhearted, you find it hard to 
believe ill of others. If injured, you strike back quickly, but 
you also forgive easily and never hold a grudge. Mar- 
velously affectionate and cheerful, you have genuine joie de 
vivre. The Sun is your ruler, and you always bring some 
sunshine into the lives of others. Obviously, this is one of 
your most endearing traits. In many ways you are like the 
Sun itself — life-enhancing, radiating energy and magnet- 
ism, burning with steady fixity. Astrologers call Leos eter- 
nal children, for you take pleasure from the moment and 
are uninhibited in giving affection. 

No one could ask for a better friend. If approached in the 
right way (flattery is the right way), you will do almost any- 
thing, but you expect praise and appreciation and admira- 
tion in return. Pride is your Achilles' heel. Your ego demands 
not respect but adoration, not compliments but flattery, and 
when you receive lavish praise you never stop to wonder if it 
is insincere. Despite your self-centeredness, you need others 
to give to if only to get back their appreciation. However, 

because you're too proud to ask for appreciation, you often 
suffer silently from a wounded ego. Your hidden secret is 
you need to be needed. 

In business you are the one in command. Another sign 
that gravitates toward authority is Capricorn, but its na- 
tives steadily climb toward a high position. Leos simply as- 
sume that they were born to high position. One of your 
most useful assets in career is an unerring instinct for get- 
ting along with people who are in a position to be helpful. 
You know the value of socializing and work best in group 
enterprises rather than solitary pursuits. You're an order- 
giver, not an order-taker, but you're usually so cheery and 
enthusiastic others don't mind taking orders from you. 
You are also a hard worker who doesn't ask more of any- 
one else than you do of yourself. You won't quail before a 
challenge or flinch from a confrontation. You will do the 
thing that scares you because to do otherwise spells failure 
to your eyes. You are ambitious, but not ruthless. All you 
ask is to be in the limelight. 

Among your most striking characteristics is a refusal to 
be hampered by petty rules. Day-to-day routine quickly 
leads to boredom and makes you desperately unhappy. 
Your unhappiness doesn't last long, because you simply 
won't put up with it. You have an unshakable belief in 
your luck and quickly bounce back from despondency. 

It is difficult (though not impossible) to dislike a Leo. 
True, you can be bombastic and overbearing at times. 
True, you love to give advice and tell people how to run 
their lives. Like your symbol, the Lion, you can be quite 
indolent and lazy; you like to sit back and bask in your 
own glory. But your great warmth and sunny disposition 
is very hard to resist. The world would be much less fun 
without Leos. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

The Inner You 

How Others See You 

You have larger-than-life emotions; whether you're ex- 
periencing joy, despair, excitement, or love, it might as well 
be playing on a giant movie screen. You feel you have an 
important role to play in life and you're going to find it. 
You need to be involved in the world; in fact, you tend to 
think of any plan or project that you're part of as an ex- 
tension of who you are. You believe in taking action. Your 
immediate reaction to any problem is to do something 
about it rather than sit around pondering it. But you're 
extremely sensitive and you try to hide this fact under a 
lot of bravado. It's very important to you to get others' 
approval. What makes you special, though, is that in spite 
of all your inner qualms, you jut out your chin and walk 
head-on into any challenge. You have a deep-seated need 
to prove your worth — not to others but to yourself. You'll 
tackle any job just so you can say, "I wasn't afraid to try!" 

You have a regal quality, a way of standing out in a 
crowd. The unique combination of the excitement you 
project, your sense of style, your way of speaking, and 
your laugh is what draws people to you. They're also se- 
duced by the fact that you think big, which feeds their own 
fantasies of success and power. They're attracted to your 
energy and enthusiasm and your take-charge attitude. 
They assume you'll take a leadership position. But some 
people dislike what they consider your king-sized ego. 
They think you hog the spotlight and that you're perform- 
ing even when you're perfectly serious and sincere; they 
question your sincerity. Others regard you as a showoff 
who merely talks a big game. And there are those who 
think you have the temperament of a demanding, spoiled 

Sun Signs • 31 

Famous People with the Sun in Leo 

Ben Affleck 
Gracie Allen 
Neil Armstrong 
Lucille Ball 
Antonio Banderas 
Count Basie 
Ethel Barrymore 
Tony Bennett 
Simon Bolivar 
Napoleon Bonaparte 
Barry Bonds 
Ray Bradbury 
Diamond Jim Brady 
Sandra Bullock 
Claus von Bulow 
Ken Burns 
Fidel Castro 

Ramond Chandler 
Julia Child 
Bill Clinton 
Paula Creamer 
Guy de Maupassant 
Cecil B. DeMille 
Robert De Niro 
Elizabeth Dole 
Madame du Barry 
Marcel Duchamp 
Leo Durocher 
Amelia Earhart 
Zelda Fitzgerald 
Jerry Garcia 
Frank Gifford 
Kathie Lee Gifford 
Jeff Gordon 


Melanie Griffith 
Mata Hari 
Alfred Hitchcock 
Dustin Hoffman 
Whitney Houston 
John Huston 
Aldous Huxley 
Mick Jagger 
Peter Jennings 
Magic Johnson 
Carl Jung 
Garrison Keillor 
Francis Scott Key 
T. E. Lawrence 
Monica Lewinsky 
Jennifer Lopez 

Steve Martin 
Maureen McGovern 
Herman Melville 
Robert Mitchum 
Benito Mussolini 
Annie Oakley 
Barack Obama 
Carroll O'Connor 
Jacqueline Kennedy 

Peter O'Toole 
Dorothy Parker 
Maxfield Parrish 
Sean Penn 
Roman Polanski 
Robert Redford 

Gene Roddenberry 
Kenny Rogers 
J. K. Rowling 
Yves Saint Laurent 
Pete Sampras 
Arnold Schwarzenegger 
George Bernard Shaw 
Percy Bysshe Shelley 
Kevin Spacey 
Danielle Steel 
Martha Stewart 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 
Leon Uris 
Andy Warhol 
Mae West 
Shelley Winters 
Orville Wright 

Mick Jagger 


Bill Clinton 

32 • Sun Sign Astrology 


(August 23 - September 22) 

>c- W v^ 

DUALITY Feminine 

Virgo is reserved, modest, practical, discriminating and industrious, analytical and painstaking, seeking to know and 

RULING PLANET Mercury: Ancient god of communication and commerce. In astrology, Mercury rules intelligence and 

reason, and predisposes toward a highstrung temperament. 
SYMBOL The Virgin: Representing purity of motive, modesty, industriousness, and service of oneself and one's talents 

toward helping others. The virgin is usually pictured holding a sheaf of wheat that symbolizes the utilization of ideas 

and skills to benefit (nourish) the world. 
GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) TTJ? The symbol represents a Virgin, for it is a pictograph of the human reproductive 

organs closed and untouched. In symbolic terms, the glyph is a straight line connected to two curved lines, one of 

which is crossed. This represents wisdom tied to feeling and emotion, and crossed by practicality. 

Virgo is the sign of work and self- improvement. Its natives are perfectionists who dissect facts in order to find the truth 

and obtain all the information available. Pisces, Virgo's opposite sign, is the sign of illusion and self-deception. Pis- 

ceans are prone to dreaminess, imagination, vagueness, self-delusion, and escapism. 
PART OF THE BODY RULED BY VIRGO The nervous system and the intestines: Virgoans are prone to illness 

caused by stress and nervous tension. They are particularly susceptible to ulcers. 
LUCKY DAY Wednesday LUCKY NUMBERS 5 and 3 

MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Sapphire: Brings tranquility of mind and protects against illness and injury while traveling. 
SPECIAL COLORS Navy Blue and Gray: Classic colors of refinement and taste. 
CITIES Paris, Boston, Heidelberg, Strasbourg COUNTRIES Turkey, Greece, Crete, West Indies 
FLOWERS Morning glory and Pansy TREES Nut-bearing trees 
METAL Mercury 

ANIMALS RULED BY VIRGO Small domestic pets 
DANGER Virgo people sometimes arouse anger and violence in others because of their tendency to interfere, their critical 

tongues, and their unemotional attitudes. 

Sun Signs • 33 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

The real drama ofVirgo's personality is interior. 
To the world you may give an impression of calm au- 
thority, but you are aware of your own nervous, restless, 
controlled intensity, the desire to be up and doing, re- 
arranging, improving. You can exhaust yourself more by 
simply sitting still than others do moving around. 

The planet Mercury, which rules both Virgo and Gem- 
ini, inclines its subjects toward constant activity. However, 
in Gemini the nervous energy is directed primarily toward 
stimulation and adventure, while in Virgo the ceaseless 
drive is to accomplish and perfect. It's impossible for Vir- 
gos to put off until tomorrow what might be done today, 
or to do later what might be done now. You are, in a word, 
organized. Your idea of taking it easy would seem like hard 

work to most people. You are not a daydreamer, you're a 

Your emotional life is a constant striving to bring order 
out of chaos. Although you have a great capacity for love, 
love alone is not enough for you to be happy. You need 
more than a mate, home, children, friends. You must jus- 
tify your life, conduct yourself as a good bookkeeper keeps 
a ledger — always ready to give a reckoning on whether 
there's a profit or a loss. You're ambitious, but not just for 
money. You want to know more, to gain in wisdom, and 
put this wisdom to practical use. 

Your astrological symbol of the Virgin tends to be 
misunderstood. It does not mean you're a prude or lack 
sensuality. The Virgin stands for purity of purpose. You're 


Sun Sign Astrology 

not in the game of life to cheat or extract from others. 
You have higher motives. You want to be of use. In an- 
cient times Virgo was the sign of the harvest — and the 
symbolic meaning of the Virgin holding a sheaf of wheat 
is that Virgo people take what has been sown (knowledge, 
information, skills) and harvest this energy to do some- 
thing of practical benefit. In the same way wheat is turned 
into bread to feed our bodies, you want to utilize the gifts 
you were born with to nourish the world. 

Intelligence is the hallmark of your sign. You have an 
excellent memory, an analytical mind, and are known for 
crystal-clear thinking. You also have a keen ability to probe 
into human motivations. People like to check their plans 
with you before putting them into action because you 
have microscopic vision when it comes to detecting a flaw. 
Your superb logic cuts through muddled thinking like a 
laser beam. You instantly zero in on a problem, take apart 
difficulties, and put them back together in proper order. 
Because you believe life should be approached rationally, 
you are without peer in solving knotty problems or tan- 
gled disputes. You are convinced that a reasoned presenta- 
tion of the facts will carry the day. Until you have the facts 
before you, you are reluctant to make a decision; you want 
to know why and how a thing will work. Your faith is not 
in Chinese fortune cookies but in facts, and you distrust 
vague ideas that don't stand up to critical appraisal or peo- 
ple who make emotional judgments. 

Yet it would do you a world of good to have a little 
more faith in general and to trust in synchronicity — that 
certain events occur or people connect for a fortuitous 
reason. Your important life lesson is to expand your vision, 
to look at things in larger terms and believe in the power 
of faith. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of thought 
and mental perceptions, and your ideas form your reality. 

If you hold on to a negative attitude, then your reality will 
also unfold negatively. 

You tend to have difficult getting in touch with your 
deeper feelings because your mechanism of denial is so 
firmly set in place. "I'm not upset," you'll say. "I feel okay 
about [this other person being promoted instead of me, 
him dating another woman, etc.]" Saying you feel "okay" 
covers a lot of messy feelings you'd rather not examine. 

Also, you often don't see the forest for the trees. A pre- 
occupation with neatness and precision sometimes limits 
your breadth of vision. That estimable faith in logic also 
confines your imagination and leaves you a little shy on 
inspiration, too dependent on established practices and 
methods. Your nature is to look back and analyze rather 
than push forward in a new direction. You must know the 
why and how of everything. Virgo is a mutable sign, how- 
ever, so you can adjust easily to change once you find a 
way of fitting the new situation into your routine. 

You may run into difficulty because of a tendency to 
complicate everything. No problem is ever simple for Virgo. 
For every answer you've got a question, and making moun- 
tains out of molehills is one of your specialties. 

Your nature is shy and reserved; it's hard for you to re- 
lax, to make small talk or be gregarious with strangers. 
You prefer one-on-one encounters, in which you can offer 
the full benefit of your sharp insights and discerning opin- 
ions. That's also when people discover how well-read, per- 
ceptive, charming, and witty you are. 

The first thing you learned about money matters is 
that money does matter. Although you tend to downplay 
your own ability in financial affairs, no one is better than 
you at staying within a budget. You aren't tempted into 
foolish ventures. Your bank balances usually jibe to the 
decimal point. You want the finest but rarely overpay, and 

Sun Signs • 35 

you have a built-in resistance against self-indulgence. 

A highly developed sense of discrimination may lead 
you to be hypercritical. You are unsatisfied with things as 
they are and continue to analyze situations and people in 
the hope of finding a way to make them better. At times 
your finely tuned sensibilities can even make you unhappy, 
for they give you a heightened awareness of the world's im- 
perfections. However, you resist criticism of your faults 
from others. It's a rare Virgo who takes criticism well or 
who can admit to being in the wrong. 

You are health-conscious and try to make sure you get 
enough vitamins and go for regular checkups at the dentist. 
However, in this as in other areas, you can't help being a 
worrier. As a result you are prone to tension and nervous ail- 
ments. Hypochondria is common among Virgos. 

A warm, loving relationship brings out the best in any- 
one born under this sign because basically you are kind, de- 
voted, and very loyal. When your affections are engaged you 
tirelessly try to serve loved ones. They will never have to 
worry about who's going to keep the checkbook balanced 
or look after them when they are ill. 

The Inner You 

You have plenty of willpower and dedication, and you 
work harder than anyone to make sure something is per- 
fect. Why? Because if you can't do everything superbly, 
you begin to fear that you're failing. You are much too 
critical of yourself. Actually, you're an enigma that no one 
has quite figured out. You hold back with people you don't 
know well and are reserved even with those you love. In- 
wardly, though, you feel very deeply. Intensity and ex- 
treme sensitivity are part of your secret self. You like look- 
ing after others — giving advice to friends, feeding stray 

animals, tending sick plants — but you need to be appreci- 
ated for the kind things you do. Above all, you want to be 
useful because you truly care about people. 

How Others See You 

You're regarded as a real go-getter. People trust you to 
handle any job. They think of you as a person who can 
analyze almost any problem in a logical way. Others come 
to you when they want their own actions explained to 
them, or are feeling confused about relationships. You are 
valued for your ability to set priorities and to create order 
out of confusion. Because you're both discriminating and 
truthful, people trust your judgment on books, theater, 
and clothes. However, you don't wear your heart on your 
sleeve, and as a result others often perceive you as haughty 
and cold. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

Famous People with the Sun in Virgo 

Marc Antony 
Yasir Arafat 
Lance Armstrong 
Lauren Bacall 
Anne Bancroft 
Ingrid Bergman 
Leonard Bernstein 
Jacqueline Bisset 
Charles Boyer 
Kobe Bryant 
Sid Caesar 
John Cage 
Taylor Caldwell 
Agatha Christie 
Craig Claiborne 
Patsy Cline 
Sean Connery 
Harry Connick Jr. 

Jimmy Connors 
Jackie Cooper 
Macaulay Culkin 
Roald Dahl 
Cameron Diaz 
Theodore Dreiser 
Queen Elizabeth I (the 

Virgin Queen) 
Peter Falk 
Greta Garbo 
Richard Gere 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
Hugh Grant 
Buddy Hackett 
O. Henry 
Faith Hill 
Jeremy Irons 
Christopher Isherwood 
Michael Jackson 

Jesse James 

Samuel Johnson 

Tommy Lee Jones 

Michael Keaton 

Gene Kelly 

Stephen King 

Peter Lawford 

D. H. Lawrence 

Alan Jay Lerner 

Rocky Marciano 

Judith Martin (Miss Manners) 

John McCain 

Freddie Mercury 

Grandma Moses 

Paul Muni 

Bob Newhart 

Arnold Palmer 

Itzhak Perlman 

Regis Philbin 

Ryan Phillippe 
River Phoenix 
Keanu Reeves 
LeAnn Rimes 
Cal Ripken Jr. 
Margaret Sanger 
William Saroyan 
Claudia Schiffer 
Jerry Seinfeld 
Peter Sellers 
Charlie Sheen 
Upton Sinclair 
Oliver Stone 
Mother Teresa 
Leo Tolstoi 
Lily Tomlin 
Shania Twain 
George Wallace 
H. G. Wells 

Richard Gere 

Mother Teresa 

Lance Armstrong 

Sun Signs • 37 


(September 23 - October 22) 

DUALITY Masculine 



Libra is active, artistic, easygoing, peaceable, prizes beauty and harmony, is diplomatic, polished, and very socially in- 

RULING PLANET Venus: Goddess of love and beauty. In astrology, Venus rules pleasure, social pursuits, art, and adorn- 
ment. Its influence also inclines toward self-indulgence and love of luxury. 

SYMBOL The Scales: Signifying balance, equilibrium, order, and justice. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) — The pictograph represents the Scale, which is in perfect equilibrium. This was 
the ancient Egyptian symbol for the setting sun, which was regarded as the doorway between two worlds. In symbolic 
terms, the glyph is a crescent moon connected to two straight lines resting above a third line. This represents emotion 
bounded on either side by reason; the line below symbolizes partnership. 



Libra is the sign of partnership and marriage. Its natives are happiest functioning within a union, and often lose their 
equilibrium and positive outlook when forced to be alone. Aries, Libra's opposite sign, is the sign of ego, personality, 
and self. Aries people tend to put themselves first, and selfishness is one of their negative traits. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY LIBRA The lower back and buttocks, and the kidneys: Librans suffer from lower 
back strain and problems in the lumbar region. They are also subject to kidney infections. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Opal: Brings financial success, frees its wearer from jealousy and greed, and imparts clear 

SPECIAL COLORS Blue and Lavender: The colors of romance, harmony, and refinement. 

CITIES Vienna, Copenhagen, Charleston, Lisbon COUNTRIES Burma, China, Tibet, Argentina, Japan 

FLOWERS Rose, Cosmos, and Hydrangea TREES Almond, Cypress, and Ash 

METAL Copper 

ANIMALS RULED BY LIBRA Snakes and lizards 

DANGER Libra people tend to stir up ill feelings from others in situations having to do with love. Because they are inde- 
cisive and sometimes make a declaration of love too easily, Librans both anger and disappoint lovers. They also have 
a tendency to be fickle and faithless. 

Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Librans are easy to li ke , for you have a capti- 
vating charm, possess elegant taste, and are usually 
beautiful to look at. In addition, you have the gift of mak- 
ing others feel important, for you are a superb listener and 
instinctively know how to draw out another person. You're 
famous for how effortlessly you smooth ruffled feathers, 
bring out smiles, and make others think they're the most 
wonderful people in the world. You're a born charmer. 

Ruled by Venus, goddess of love and beauty, you ad- 
mire loveliness in all its forms, in music, art, decoration, 
and people. Your home will always have a touch of ele- 
gance, and you love to entertain in style. Flowers, cham- 

pagne, lovely jewelry and clothes, beautiful (and expen- 
sive) objets, luxurious surroundings — these are the orna- 
ments of life to you. You enjoy all the things that money 
can buy. 

A narcissist at heart, you expect admiration. You wish 
to be the jewel in the center of any setting, and you have a 
computer memory for any compliment ever paid to you. 
You tend to judge others by outward appearances. If some- 
one has a charming facade, you won't look any deeper. As 
a result you may become easy prey for a sophisticated 
schemer with an affable manner. 

Libra is the zodiacal sign of Partnerships — in psycho- 

Sun Signs • 39 

logical terms the sign is outer-directed. Your energies are 
focused on melding and combining with other people; 
you are at your best in personal relationships. Your real 
energy, however, goes into people. Whether they be part- 
ners, lovers, mates, family, friends, business associates, or 
even guests at your party — relationships are your metier. 
You're simply not a loner. Instinctively, you try to magnet- 
ize and pull others toward you. However, your main inter- 
est is on yourself within the relationship. You deal intu- 
itively with other people's emotions, and no one is better 
at understanding and taking into consideration another 
person's point of view. Yet all too soon that outside view- 
point will be lost or subsumed within your own subtly 
self-centered concerns. 

In the professional world you're a superb team player. 
You're able to meld many disparate egos into one smooth- 
working union. Your friendships and associations bring 
opportunities, and your best luck comes when you pool 
your creative talents and intelligence with powerful indi- 
viduals who open doors for you. 

Born under the sign of the Scales, you strive for bal- 
ance and harmony and are happiest when your environ- 
ment is ordered and serene. Peace is worth any price to 
you and usually you will go a long way out of your way to 
avoid friction and dissension. Because you see clearly 
every side of an argument, every possibility of a given 
course, you have the tact and ability to smooth over dis- 
putes. You are a born diplomat. In order to avoid an un- 
pleasant scene, you will even stifle your own true feelings. 
In fact, far too often you are not sure what your true feel- 
ings are. Because you try to be all things to all people, 
there is a general impression that you are indecisive. You 
appear to be constantly poised on an edge, seemingly un- 

able to move one way or another, balancing pro with con, 
advantage with disadvantage, risk with gain. Underneath 
your genial, calm surface, you have to struggle in order to 
make decisions. 

The problem is that at Libra's center is someone who 
does not feel complete in himself or herself. Beneath 
your brilliance and charm, you feel a psychic lack, some- 
thing missing — whether this something is a perfect lover, 
a fulfilling career, a wonderful project that shows off 
your talents, etc. And so you spend a lot of time feeling 
you're not "real," that you've conned others into thinking 
you're smart and successful, but very soon they'll find 
out you're a fraud. One of Libra's best-hidden secrets is 
how shaky your self-confidence is — and certainly your 
sense of not being whole and creating a false front is at 
the core of your insecurity. 

Although you have superb instincts, you don't trust 
them enough. You are likely to be an underachiever be- 
cause of your easygoing attitude. For the most part, you 
don't want anything badly enough to fight for it. The ex- 
ception is when you're denied a privilege to which you feel 
entitled. That ruffles your fur. Librans have a reputation for 
stubbornness, but that's because you are sticklers for fair- 
ness. You resent being treated unfairly and become upset at 
inequity in the world at large. In general, it seems your 
strength is only brought out by crisis. This is when you're 
at your most courageous. 

You get along harmoniously with people who are 
even-tempered, particularly those who can laugh in the 
face of difficulties. You are particularly appreciative of tal- 
ent in any field, whether art, literature, or music, and if 
you lack talent yourself you often indulge in artistic hob- 
bies. Often people are surprised at the wide range of your 


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interests because you hide your superior intellect under an 
agreeable, easygoing exterior. Libra is a cardinal sign, 
which means you're an initiator. You love new projects, 
unusual people, different ideas, and you'll travel anywhere. 
Gifted with imagination, flair, and enthusiasm, you have an 
open, independent mind that tries to evaluate the world 
dispassionately and rationally. You also have a good head 
for money (though your great weakness is a love of lux- 

Indeed, money has a way of slipping through your fin- 
gers because it isn't money you love, it is the things money 
can buy. Essentially frivolous, people born under this sign 
dislike hard work — unless someone else is doing it. A love 
for beauty leads many natives of this sign to careers in art, 
decorating, the theater, and composing, but the approach 
often remains that of a dilettante who enjoys the reward 
but avoids the effort needed to attain it. 

You are an incorrigible idealist and quintessential ro- 
mantic. Affectionate, warmhearted, sentimental, naturally 
optimistic, you do everything in your power to please. 
Your stock-in-trade is charm. 

The Inner You 

You work hard trying to please others and as a result, 
they find you captivating. However, beneath your friendly 
exterior, you desperately long for love and approval. You 
have trouble saying no to others' requests and you take on 
too many jobs or commitments — and then to prove how 
nice you are, you keep smiling through the strain while 
you hide a lot of resentment. It might be more useful to 
spend time building up your self-esteem rather than look- 
ing to others to give it to you. Basically, you give away your 
power. You hate anything unpleasant and avoid conflict, 

vulgarity, or strife. If life were a play, you'd always insist on 
a happy ending. The problem with trying to have constant 
peace and harmony is that you have trouble making deci- 
sions. At times you fear that any move you make will bring 
something terrible crashing down around you. If you 
could just lighten up and not be so hard on yourself, you'd 
be much more satisfied with what you do achieve. You 
have every ingredient for happiness! 

How Others See You 

People feel important when they're with you because 
you always seem to understand their point of view. You are 
considered warm and outgoing because you know how to 
draw people out, and you're thought of as someone with 
an unparalleled ability to deal with the public. However, 
because you want others' approval, you tend to go along 
with what they want — and this sometimes makes you look 
wimpy. To some people, you also appear vain and overly 
concerned with your appearance. 

Sun Signs • 41 

Famous People with the Sun in Libra 

Julie Andrews 
Hannah Arendt 
Armand Assante 
Brigitte Bardot 
David Ben-Gurion 
Joyce Brothers 
Art Buchwald 
Truman Capote 
Al Capp 

Miguel de Cervantes 
Ray Charles 
Montgomery Clift 
Jackie Collins 
Simon Cowell 
e. e. cummings 
Matt Damon 
Catherine Deneuve 
Angie Dickinson 
Michael Douglas 
William O. Douglas 
Alfred Drake 

Hilary Duff 
Eleanor Duse 
Dwight D. Eisenhower 
Britt Ekland 
T. S. Eliot 
William Faulkner 
Carrie Fisher 
F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Annette Funicello 
John Kenneth Galbraith 
Mohandas K. Gandhi 
George Gershwin 
Bryant Gumbel 
Linda Hamilton 
Helen Hayes 
Rita Hayworth 
Jim Henson 
Vladimir Horowitz 
Lee Iacocca 
Julio Iglesias 
Jesse Jackson 

Donna Karan 
Buster Keaton 
Deborah Kerr 
Evel Knievel 
Angela Lansbury 
Ralph Lauren 
John LeCarre 
Ursula K. LeGuin 
John Lennon 
Walter Lippmann 
Carole Lombard 
Yo-Yo Ma 
Mickey Mantle 
Wynton Marsalis 
Groucho Marx 
Marcello Mastroianni 
Johnny Mathis 
Walter Matthau 
John Mayer 
Mark McGwire 
Melina Mercouri 

Arthur Miller 
Yves Montand 
Martina Navratilova 
Admiral Horatio Nelson 
Louise Nevelson 
Eugene O'Neill 
Gwyneth Paltrow 
Luciano Pavarotti 
Juan Peron 
Luke Perry 
Paul Potts 
Mario Puzo 
Christopher Reeve 
Anne Rice 
Kelly Rip a 
Rex Reed 
Tim Robbins 
Mickey Rooney 
Eleanor Roosevelt 
Susan Sarandon 
George C. Scott 

Paul Simon 
Ashlee Simpson 
Will Smith 
Annika Sorenstam 
Bruce Springsteen 
Gwen Stefani 
Wallace Stevens 

Ed Sullivan 
Margaret Thatcher 
Cheryl Tiegs 
Desmond Tutu 

Giuseppe Verdi 
Ben Vereen 
Gore Vidal 
Barbara Walters 
Sigourney Weaver 
Oscar Wilde 
Serena Williams 
Thomas Wolfe 

Jesse Jackson 

Barbara Walters 

Simon Cowell 

42 • Sun Sign Astrology 


(October 23 - November 21) 

DUALITY Feminine 



Scorpio is imaginative, passionate and emotional, subtle, persistent, intense, obstinate, and unyielding. 

RULING PLANET Pluto: Ancient god of the netherworld and of the dead. In astrology, Pluto rules regenerative forces, 
and the beginnings and ends of phases in life. 

SYMBOL The Scorpion: A secretive, deadly creature that can poison its enemies. Its sting is often fatal. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) "{, The pictograph is the stinger of the Scorpion connected to a representation of the 
human reproductive organs (the part of the anatomy that Scorpio rules). This was the symbol in ancient times for the 
phoenix, bird of immortality and regeneration. In symbolic terms, the curved lines and arrow represent strong emo- 
tions tied to practicality and aiming toward higher consciousness. 



Scorpio is the sign of inheritance and legacies. Its natives are given a sense of purpose and destiny, and find truest 
happiness in dispensing their life-force to others. Taurus is the sign of possessions and owning, and people born un- 
der this sign want to possess, collect, and have. They will not easily let go of what belongs to them. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY SCORPIO The genitals: Scorpio people are susceptible to infections of the uri- 
nary system and venereal disease. In addition, their volatile emotions are often the cause of exhaustion and ill health. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Topaz: Releases occult powers and brings serenity of mind. It also protects from enemies 
and illness. 

SPECIAL COLORS Crimson, Burgundy, Maroon: The glowing colors of passion. 

CITIES Liverpool, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Newcastle COUNTRIES Norway, Algeria, Morocco, Tahiti 

FLOWERS Chrysanthemum and Rhododendron TREES Blackthorn and bushy trees 

METAL Plutonium 

ANIMALS RULED BY SCORPIO Insects and crustaceans 

DANGER Scorpio people evoke anger in others by their secretiveness and jealousy. Their sharp, stinging tempers can also 
enrage others to the point of violence. 

Sun Signs • 43 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

This is the sign of extremes. Scorpio people are 
variously described as powerful, weak, independent, 
clinging, passionate, and cold. Clearly, you are a bundle of 
contradictions encompassing the best and worst in human 

The key to your personality is intensity. You do noth- 
ing by half-measures. Magnetic, emotional, capable of ex- 
erting tremendous force, your strength is hidden in the 
depths. In the sign of Scorpio the element of water is 
fixed, an image that suggests an iceberg or a bottomless 
well. You may appear impassive, sometimes unapproach- 
able, but turbulent passions are always roiling underneath, 
invisible on the surface. 

You live on many levels. While you present a calm and 
smiling face to the world, you're ferociously persistent and 
extremely strong-willed. You're also flexible when it comes 
to working out solutions. When thwarted, you don't just 
accept defeat. You're extremely agile when it comes to 
sidestepping obstacles and figuring out a dozen new ways 
to get to your goal. In a wonderful paradox, flexibility is 
one of your most effective methods of controlling situa- 

Scorpio is the most misunderstood sign in the zodiac 
because of its complications and convolutions. Basically, 
you always have a hidden agenda. You're someone of in- 
credible depth and brilliance, and your inner psyche is a 

44 • Sun Sign Astrology 

labyrinth of wheels within wheels, boxes within boxes. Even 
when you seem to be at ease and relaxed, you are always 
evaluating, figuring out your moves, working out strategy. 
Much of this has to do with control, which is what you are 
all about. For Scorpio to be out of control is to be in psy- 
chic danger. Nothing is worse for you than to feel swept 
away by outside forces. When you control you are safe. 
Your Scorpio evolution is the journey toward controlling in 
positive ways — putting order into chaotic situations, being 
of use to others and therefore meeting an unfulfilled need, 
arranging your personal environment so it works smoothly 
for you. The unevolved Scorpio tries to control other peo- 
ple and manipulate situations for its own greed. Thus, as 
you see, the forces of light and dark continually oppose 
each other in your turbulent psyche. 

What you need is to transmute your fervor into posi- 
tive relationships and meaningful work. It is very easy to 
waste yourself on what is unworthy of you, and then your 
feelings turn inward, become imprisoned, at times even 
destructive. More than natives of any other sign, Scorpios 
live at a high pitch of emotion. Its negative aspects are 
brooding, jealousy, resentment, even vengefulness. The 
positive aspect is your unswerving dedication once your 
emotions are engaged. The Scorpion energy, drive, and en- 
durance are legend. Above all, you seek to give your life a 
meaningful pattern, to find a deeper purpose. 

You have a philosophical turn of mind and may be- 
come interested in religion and the occult. Your sixth sense 
enables you to intuit things before they happen. You are 
blessed with a native understanding of the human heart 
and a great awareness of life's secrets. All the water signs 
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) tend to be psychic, but you Scor- 
pios delve into the powers of the mind that others are 

afraid of. This is the zodiacal sign of birth, sex, death, and 
regeneration — areas of human existence in which a person 
confronts the mysteries of the universe. Many Scorpio na- 
tives are brilliant doctors, surgeons, scientists, and spiritual 
leaders. Jonas Salk, Christiaan Barnard, Marie Curie, and 
Martin Luther are among them. 

The complexity of your mind makes it difficult for you 
to skim the surface; you must uncover what lies beneath. 
Whether you are studying a new subject, learning a lan- 
guage, hunting down a fact, or just reading for amuse- 
ment, there is a quality of penetration in the way your 
mind works. 

Your finest attributes — and your worst — are revealed 
in relationships. With Scorpio, relationships are usually 
complicated. This is not surprising when you consider that 
you can be simultaneously generous and affectionate, vio- 
lent and unpredictable; in your sunniest moods there is al- 
ways a hint of an imminent change in the weather. You are 
deeply loyal to friends but are also intensely jealous and 
possessive. You cannot tolerate the thought that anyone 
you love might have a yearning, or even a simple yen, for 
anyone else. With you, it is usually all or nothing at all. 
Moderation, restraint, and certainly casual are not in your 
emotional vocabulary. 

You never forget a kindness and will try to repay it 
handsomely. Conversely, you never forgive an injury and 
will wait years to get even. In fact, most of the time getting 
even isn't enough — you want vengeance. It is strictly not 
advisable to do harm to any Scorpion. You make a danger- 
ous enemy, for you are as subtle and deadly as the symbol 
of your sign. 

You are a fierce competitor, though often you manage 
to conceal this from others. You file away pieces of infor- 

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mation, facts, and names, and don't hesitate to use what 
you know if the occasion arises. When you spot a weak- 
ness in a rival, you move in quickly for the kill. 

You are adaptable, able quickly to channel your for- 
midable energies into new paths and to embark on an 
entirely different career. Confronted with disaster, you 
will try to turn it into success. Practical and shrewd, you 
believe in tangible immediate goals, and your single- 
minded concentration on getting what you want is formi- 

Clever with money, conservative about spending it, 
you have an excellent chance to amass wealth. In business, 
you tend to accomplish things first and announce them 
second. By the time an opponent is aware of your 
progress, it is a fait accompli. 

Your nature makes you subject to obsessive drives that 
can be resistant to reason. You will dominate and control 
anyone who lets you. Suspicious and wary, you are reluc- 
tant to trust your heart to anyone. But once you do, you 
love deeply. 

Too many astrologers, in describing the sign of Scor- 
pio, forget to emphasize how loving, generous, kind, loyal, 
even gentle a Scorpio can be. Many idealists who adhere to 
high principles and are a great positive force for helping 
others are born under this sign. 

What all Scorpios have in common is intensity of feel- 
ing. Emotion not only rules, it characterizes you. You are 
passionate in love, and passionate about everything in 
which you become involved: work, relationships, hobbies, 
causes. You are an individual painted in vivid colors; there 
is no such thing as a pastel Scorpio. 

The Inner You 

You have great strength, determination, and willpower. 
But no matter how calm and cool you appear on the out- 
side, you've got a well of seething emotions underneath. For 
the most part, though, you keep your intensity under con- 
trol by channeling it into useful activities. You're a high 
achiever, and you seem to "get" things in a flash — with 
powerful psychic feelings you've learned to trust. Your in- 
stincts tell you that you're destined to do something im- 
portant and you're not going to let yourself fail along the 
way. When you latch on to a new opportunity, you explore 
it in great depth before going ahead. Deep inside you is a 
gladiator spirit, and if you channel this fighting energy 
into positive goals (your continuing lesson), you will al- 
ways be one of life's great winners. At times, however, you 
feel you are a lone warrior in a harsh world. You're a com- 
plex person who can't always express how you feel, but 
one thing is certain: The things you want, you want badly. 

How Others See You 

It's probably your secretiveness that makes people so 
interested in finding out what you think. You're often the 
guru in a group, the one with uncanny hunches about the 
future and piercing insights into other people's motiva- 
tions. Many believe that even your humor contains the 
barb of truth. People are aware of your reputation for sen- 
suality and fantasize about you as a lover. You're fre- 
quently viewed as over-controlling and too ambitious — 
even power-hungry — but also as someone who can be 
trusted, because you never make false promises. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

Famous People with the Sun in Scorpio 

Spiro Agnew 
Marie Antoinette 
Ed Asner 

Christiaan Barnard 
Roseanne Barr 
Sarah Bernhardt 
Edwin Booth 
Charles Bronson 
Tina Brown 
Richard Burton 
Laura Bush 
Albert Camus 
Johnny Carson 
James Carville 
Dick Cavett 
Benvenuto Cellini 
Charles, Prince of 

Chiang Kai-shek 
John Cleese 
Michael Crichton 
Hillary Rodham 

Barbara Cook 
Peter Cook 
Stephen Crane 
Walter Cronkite 
Marie Curie 
Rodney Dangerfield 
Bo Derek 
Danny DeVito 
Leonardo DiCaprio 
Feodor Dostoevski 
Richard Dreyfuss 
Sally Field 
Jodie Foster 
Felix Frankfurter 
Indira Gandhi 
Bill Gates 
Whoopi Goldberg 
Ruth Gordon 
Billy Graham 
Ken Griffey Jr. 
Moss Hart 

Harry Hamlin 
Goldie Hawn 
Shere Hite 
Bob Hoskins 
Rock Hudson 
Mahalia Jackson 
Peter Jackson 
James Jones 
George S. Kaufman 
John Keats 
Grace Kelly 
Robert Kennedy 
Larry King 
Calvin Klein 
Kevin Kline 
Hedy Lamarr 
Burt Lancaster 
k.d. lang 
Fran Lebowitz 
Vivien Leigh 
Martin Luther 
Charles Manson 

Joseph McCarthy 
Joni Mitchell 
Margaret Mitchell 
Francois Mitterand 
Claude Monet 
Demi Moore 
Mike Nichols 
Georgia O'Keeffe 
George Patton 
Joaquin Phoenix 
Pablo Picasso 
Sylvia Plath 
Emily Post 
Ezra Pound 
Claude Rains 
Dan Rather 
Ann Reinking 
Condoleeza Rice 
Julia Roberts 
Auguste Rodin 
Roy Rogers 
Will Rogers 

Theodore Roosevelt 

Hermann Rorschach 

Meg Ryan 

Winona Ryder 

Carl Sagan 

Jonas Salk 

Martin Scorsese 

Maria Shriver 

Grace Slick 

Robert Louis Stevenson 

Lee Strasberg 

Billy Sunday 

Joan Sutherland 

Dylan Thomas 

Leon Trotsky 

Ted Turner 


Kurt Vonnegut 

Sam Waterston 

Stanford White 

Owen Wilson 

Whoopie Goldberg 

Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Julia Roberts 

Sun Signs • 47 


(November 22 - December 21) 

DUALITY Masculine 



Sagittarius is energetic, ambitious, generous, freedom-loving, and a seeker of challenge, open to new ideas and ex- 

RULING PLANET Jupiter: The most important Roman god, ruler of the heavens. In astrology, Jupiter is the planet of 
good fortune, optimism, expansion, abundance. 

SYMBOL The Archer: Representing directness, high aims, a love of outdoor activity and the chase. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) "f- The pictograph represents the free-ranging, pointed arrow of the Archer. It is 
also a picture of the human leg from thigh to knee (the part of the anatomy that Sagittarius rules). In symbolic terms, 
it is the line of wisdom angled away from trouble and earthly concerns and pointing toward higher ideals. 



Sagittarius is the sign of philosophy, higher learning, and broad concepts. Its natives are happiest discovering new 
ideas, exploring distant places, and not getting tied down with personal commitments. Gemini, Sagittarius's opposite 
sign, is the sign of personal expression and communicating "one-on-one." Gemini people are extremely verbal, love 
to give advice, and tend to try to guide (even to control) other people's lives. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY SAGITTARIUS The liver, the hips, and the thighs: Sagittarian natives need lots 
of outdoor exercise in order to keep healthy. They have a sensitive liver and are susceptible to overuse of alcohol and 
to hepatitis. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Turquoise: Attracts love, protects from harm, and gives its wearer the ability to see into the 

SPECIAL COLOR Purple: Uncommon color of royalty and the artistic. 

CITIES Budapest, Cologne, Toledo, Acapulco COUNTRIES Spain, Hungary, Australia 

FLOWERS Narcissus, Holly, and Dandelion TREES Mulberry, Oak, and Birch 



DANGER Sagittarian people are subject to accidents of fire and explosion, especially while traveling. Their strong desire 
for freedom may also incite jealousy and possessiveness on the part of a lover. 

48 • Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Ruled by Jupiter, planet of fortune, you appear 
to breeze through life. You are Lady Luck's compan- 
ion who seems always to be in the right place at the right 
time. Astrologers say you have the gift of providence — 
luck protects you. In work, friendships, career, money — 
a door opens just when you need it. Naturally, this makes 
for a cheerful and ebullient disposition. You have your 
dark moments, but clouds roll over quickly. You are too 
interested in what is going to happen tomorrow to fret 
long about what went wrong today. You are always sure 
that around the next bend of the road something wonder- 
ful is about to happen. 

In Sagittarius, the enthusiasm of fire, the restless muta- 
ble quality, and the jovial influence of Jupiter combine to 
produce an expansive personality who cannot be confined. 

Independence is your guiding principle. You are progres- 
sive, restless in spirit, eager to get on with the business of 
living — a free, adventurous spirit who thrives on new 
ideas and constant change of scene. Somewhere you 
picked up a chronic case of wanderlust, and you have no 
desire to be cured. The grass is always greener someplace 
else, and your restless, inquiring nature requires travel, ex- 
citement, and the unconventional. Sagittarius, like its op- 
posite sign Gemini, wants to know. But whereas Geminis 
are happy to sample a new idea, Sagittarians will follow it 
as far as it will go. In the zodiac, Sagittarius symbolizes the 
search for wisdom; this is the sign of the philosopher and 
the explorer. 

Sagittarians are hard to pin down emotionally. You 
don't want to get bogged down in messy entanglements or 

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anything that ties you down. You've got places to go and 
you're not about to sign up for anything that keeps you in 
one spot. The way to stay unfettered is to shy away from 
emotion. Sagittarians rarely talk about their feelings — they 
talk about what they think about their feelings. Time and 
again Sagittarians are bewildered when their romantic 
partners ask for more passion and feeling. Because you 
keep one eye on the exit door and don't welcome endur- 
ing, profound relationships, sooner or later, you'll unknot 
the tie that binds. 

Friendship, however, is a different matter. You are al- 
ways willing to be a pal — and you are the nicest friend in 
the zodiac. Kind, openhearted, jovial, completely free of 
malice, you are always doing favors for others. Your way of 
helping doesn't put the recipient under heavy obligation. 
"No strings" is a guiding Sagittarian motto. 

Freedom is your most valuable possession. If it comes 
to a choice you'll take a difficult path, accept less money, 
dispense with security, do anything as long as you have to 
answer only to yourself. Your passion for liberty underlies 
all your other qualities. Prizing it as you do, you also will- 
ingly grant it to others. You don't meddle in other people's 
plans or interfere with what they think best for them- 
selves, and you aren't possessive or jealous. 

A sense of humor is among your most endearing 
traits. High-spirited and congenial, you are a gifted con- 
versationalist, a wonderful storyteller, and a born enter- 
tainer. Writing, publishing, TV, communications are en- 
terprises in which there are many Sagittarians. Famous 
Sagittarians in these fields include Noel Coward, James 
Thurber, Mark Twain, Garson Kanin, William Buckley, 
and Woody Allen. 

You Jupiter-ruled people are unusually versatile. You 

have wide-ranging interests — music, nature, philosophy, 
computer technology, theater, animals — and enough en- 
ergy to do six things at once. What you lack is staying 
power. Before you finish with one project, you are off to 
meet the next challenge. One reason is that you become 
bored doing the same things, and boredom is your worst 
enemy, but another is simply that you must move on — 
and up. 

In business you are imaginative and clever, ready to ac- 
cept the new and to use it. But you perform best when 
there's something really important at stake. When you're 
down to your last chance to win, when it's now or never, 
you'll put everything you own on the turn of a card and 
redouble the stakes. You believe in your luck. 

You are straightforward and honest. Your frankness 
makes you easy to deal with because one doesn't have to 
spend time figuring out the hidden significance of unspo- 
ken clues or nuances. There is no hidden significance. 
What you say is what you mean. And you're willing to tell 
all who ask exactly what you think of them, their lifestyle, 
hairstyle, choices, lovers, you name it. The best part, how- 
ever, is people can trust what you tell them. Your candid 
remarks are not meant to hurt; they spring from a desire 
to tell the truth. Ironically, you are rather thin-skinned 
and too easily hurt by a thoughtless action or careless re- 

The keyword in understanding Sagittarius is possibil- 
ity. To be restricted or feel your choices are diminished is 
very depressing for you. You tend not to look at life as it 
is but as you want it to be. In many ways, you rebel 
against being a grownup. Certainly, you know how to 
take on responsibility and you've proven yourself strong 
in the face of setback. Crisis brings out the best in you. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

It's the "dailiness" of life that defeats you. You have grand 
and wonderful ideas for an adventurous career or carving 
out a Utopian life or helping the world become a better 
place. Then you procrastinate, let others deal with the de- 
tails, lose interest in a plan — and wonder why you're 
stuck in the same place. 

However, Sagittarians are among the most likeable 
people in the zodiac. True, you can be extravagant and 
wasteful, even on occasion reckless and irresponsible. True, 
your life is full of forgotten appointments, missed dead- 
lines, unfinished projects. True, your emotions can be 
shallow and your commitments almost nonexistent. Over- 
riding everything, though, is the fact that you're fun to be 
with. So what if you promise the moon and everyone 
knows you won't deliver. You know it too. There's nothing 
underhanded or secretive in the way you deal. You play 
with all your cards on the table. 

Impetuous, buoyant, charming, you hitch your wagon 
to the merry-go-round of life and ride it with insouciant 

The Inner You 

Like Scarlett O'Hara, your motto is, "Tomorrow is an- 
other day." Even in your darkest moods, you believe there's 
a light shining around the corner. Your confidence in the 
future is genuine, but you hate anything interfering with 
your plans. You have a hunger to experience life to its 
fullest — to travel, meet interesting people, and see things 
you've never seen before. Anything new sparks your inter- 
est. In fact, you'll usually say yes to a suggestion without 
weighing its merits simply because it lifts your spirits. And 
while you're not exactly a moody person, you are high- 
strung and can become irritable when you start to get 

bored. You may think no one cares about you or under- 
stands you when you're feeling this way, but luckily your 
belief that you're someone special always sees you through. 

How Others See You 

People like your sense of humor and your buoyant 
presence. No matter what goes wrong, you're ready with 
an upbeat explanation and forecast for the future. You're 
also the first to volunteer help; colleagues and friends ap- 
preciate your willingness to do favors. People like your 
frankness, although sometimes they think you can be too 
frank and that you put your foot in your mouth too often. 
To some you seem fickle and undependable, perhaps a bit 
too detached emotionally. In general, you're viewed as an 
unpredictable, independent spirit. 

Sun Signs • 51 

Famous People with the Sun in Sagittarius 

Christina Aguilera 
Louisa May Alcott 
Woody Allen 
Christina Applegate 
Jane Austen 
Tyra Banks 
Kim Basinger 
Ludwig van Beethoven 
Busby Berkeley 
William Blake 
Kenneth Branagh 
Leonid Brezhnev 
Beau Bridges 
Jeff Bridges 
William F. Buckley 
Hoagy Carmichael 
Dale Carnegie 
Winston Churchill 
Dick Clark 
Joseph Conrad 

Noel Coward 
Jamie Lee Curtis 
Miley Cyrus 
Sammy Davis Jr. 
Emily Dickinson 
Joan Didion 
Charles de Gaulle 
Joe DiMaggio 
Walt Disney 
Benjamin Disraeli 
Kirk Douglas 
Patty Duke 
George Eliot 
Chris Evert 
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 
Jane Fonda 
Lynn Fontanne 
Jamie Foxx 
Redd Foxx 
Ira Gershwin 

Margaret Hamilton 
Ed Harris 
Teri Hatcher 
Jimi Hendrix 
Abbie Hoffman 
Katie Holmes 

Boris Karloff 
John F. Kennedy Jr. 
Billie Jean King 
Fiorello La Guardia 
Max Lerner 
John Malkovich 
David Mamet 
Howie Mandel 
Mary Martin 
Harpo Marx 
Margaret Mead 
Bette Midler 
John Milton 

Carry Nation 
Mandy Patinkin 
Drew Pearson 
Edith Piaf 
Brad Pitt 
Richard Pryor 
Rainer Maria Rilke 
Edward G. Robinson 
Lillian Russell 
William Safire 
George Santayana 
Charles Schulz 
Eric Sevareid 
Garry Shandling 
Frank Sinatra 
Margaret Chase Smith 
Alexander Solzhenitsyn 
Britney Spears 
Steven Spielberg 
Rex Stout 

John Stewart 

Kiefer Sutherland 

Jonathan Swift 

Michael Tilson Thomas 

James Thurber 

Henri de Toulouse- 

Tina Turner 

Mark Twain 

Cicely Tyson 

Liv Ullmann 

Dick Van Dyke 

Gianni Versace 

William Wegman 

Rebecca West 

Eli Whitney 

John Greenleaf 

Andy Williams 

Flip Wilson 

Frank Sinatra 

Jon Stewart 

Miley Cyrus 

52 • Sun Sign Astrology 


(December 22 - January 19) 

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DUALITY Feminine 



Capricorn is reserved, prudent, patient, uses strategy instead of force, seeks security, is acquisitive, disciplined, determined, 
and quick to seize opportunity. 

RULING PLANET Saturn: Roman god who presided over the sowing and reaping of grain. In ancient times, the outermost 
planet of the known universe. In astrology, Saturn represents obstacles, limitation, restriction, discipline, responsibility. 

SYMBOL The Goat: A surefooted animal who is able to ascend the heights by taking advantage of every foothold. The goat 
butts its way through obstructions. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) k> The pictograph represents the V-shaped beard of the Goat and the curved tail of the 
Fish (the Sea-Goat, which was the ancient symbol for Capricorn). It also pictures the human knee and circular kneecap 
(the part of the anatomy that Capricorn rules). In symbolic terms, the glyph is two straight lines that meet one another, 
connected to a circle and a crescent. This represents the melding of authority and responsibility that is strengthened by 
both energy and passion. 



Capricorn is the sign governing reputation, career, standing in the community. Its natives seek honor, praise, and approval 
in the world at large, but tend to be emotionally reserved in personal relationships. Cancer, Capricorn's opposite sign, is 
the sign of domesticity and home life. Cancerians derive security from the love and closeness of mates and family mem- 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY CAPRICORN The bones, joints, and knees: Capricorn natives often have beautiful 
bone structure, but they are subject to stiff joints, rheumatism, and orthopedic problems. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Garnet: Attracts popularity, high esteem, and true love. 

SPECIAL COLORS Dark Green and Brown: Classic, comforting colors of nature and the earth. 

CITIES Oxford, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Montreal COUNTRIES Mexico, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, India 

FLOWERS Carnation and Ivy TREES Pine, Elm, and Poplar 


ANIMALS RULED BY CAPRICORN Goats and animals with cloven hoofs 

DANGER Other people may harbor hidden grudges and resentments because of Capricorn's coldness and reserve. Secrets 
from the past are often used against Capricorns. 

Sun Signs • 53 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Capricorns are ambitious, and the lives of 
those born under this sign are marked by a purpose- 
ful pursuit of their destiny. Your motivating force is desire 
for success, money, status, position, authority, and (though 
you may not realize it) for love. 

Capricorn is both an earth sign and a cardinal sign, 
and the combination of practicality (earth) and initiative 
(cardinal) produces a personality geared toward leadership 
and power. In the zodiac Capricorn is linked to the Mid- 
heaven — the point at the top of the horoscope that repre- 
sents high achievement. You're a born climber who's not 
content to poke along down in the valleys. As long as there 
is a top to get to from the bottom, you will persevere in 
your upward striving. Your symbol is the Goat, and every- 

one knows how goats bound up impassable terrain, find- 
ing footholds where no one thought they existed. You al- 
ways carry with you the knowledge that there are tasks to 
be fulfilled and if you can't move mountains, then at least, 
like the Goat, you can scale the heights. 

Your ruler Saturn is the planet of limitations, which in- 
cludes the limitation of time. (To the ancients, Saturn was 
the symbol for Father Time.) You have a heightened sense 
of the value of time, which helps to make you a superb or- 
ganizer and planner. Unlike those who don't look beyond 
next month, you will carefully examine your goal, separate 
it into all its necessary steps, and plot out a long-term 
timetable that often involves years. In the sign of Capri- 
corn the quality of patience reaches new heights. One of 


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the hallmarks of your sign is that you learn to wait for 
things you want. You are willing to give up today's tempta- 
tion for tomorrow's reward. 

An aura of melancholy and sternness often surrounds 
you. Saturn has been called the Celestial Taskmaster, for it 
symbolizes responsibility, discipline, and restriction. As a 
child of Saturn, you need something to improve and to 
perfect. You could have been the prototype for Lewis Car- 
roll's sly and charming jingle about industriousness: "How 
doth the little crocodile improve its shining tail. . . ?" You are 
ambitious, practical, and, above all, determined. You are 
not interested in vague theory; you want to put any knowl- 
edge to use. Your active mind quickly grasps ideas, and you 
have an admirable ability to concentrate. You are precise 
and orderly, and generally don't trust others to look after 
details. When you give your word you stick to it, and when 
you undertake a task you complete it to the best of your 
ability. You tend to fuss over details and to make sure all 
contingencies are covered. It's your way of being in control. 

Because of your diligence, people sometimes fail to give 
you credit for creativity. Yet you are highly creative — your 
skill is to link this to your talent for organization. You put 
dreams into action, and are especially drawn to the artistic 
arena and the performing arts. 

You think of yourself as a real person in a real world 
that allows little time for idle pleasure-seeking. In certain 
ways, Saturn is an austere and strict parent that lives inside 
each Capricorn. Essentially, you feel you can depend only on 
yourself. The child in you feels unworthy — and your life- 
long lesson is to shed this feeling and learn to love yourself. 
You do not need to be your own parent who disciplines 
and keeps you toeing the line. You yourself must allow the 
spontaneous part of you to play and run. 

Your remoteness of spirit is often misunderstood by 
others; it has been described as cold passion. But you are 
not cold as much as self-sufficient. Because you need to 
organize and control your surroundings, on occasion you 
take a strong hand in other people's lives. To you, it's not 
meddling but handling things better. Beneath your reserve 
there is a sensitive and sympathetic person, and anyone 
who needs a strong shoulder to lean on needn't look fur- 
ther than Capricorn. 

Certainly you do not deserve your reputation for being 
sober and gloomy. One of your more striking characteris- 
tics is a sense of humor. Your wit may be dry, incisive, but 
it is extremely funny and has a way of erupting when oth- 
ers least expect it. 

As is your nature with everything else in life, you are 
cautious and conservative with money. Chances are you will 
amass wealth during your lifetime (usually in the later 
years), for you know how to make sound investments. In 
business your success is due to painstaking preparation. The 
journey of ten thousand miles may begin with a single step, 
but you know you can't get anywhere unless you first know 
where you're going. You may not size up a situation as 
quickly as some, but this can be an advantage, for it means 
you won't heedlessly plunge in. Instead, you will research, 
examine what others have done before, and gather all rele- 
vant data. Only then, with a thorough understanding of the 
details, will you begin to move. And then you won't be 
stopped until you reach your goal. 

You are not comfortable with ambiguity. You seek cer- 
tainty and tend to see things in black and white. Emo- 
tional gray areas are troublesome, and you turn away from 
them. To the unevolved Capricorn there is only one 
"right" way, which is his or her way. Capricorn can be 

Sun Signs • 55 

closed-minded and critical, and put value only in power 
and success. 

Your basic concern is for security. That goal comes first 
and you are usually materialistic. You can be spiteful to- 
ward those who stand in the way. You have a great sense of 
pride and will not forgive anyone who belittles or slights 
you. By the same token you will repay favors done for you. 
Scorpios also go out of their way to repay a kindness, but 
in their case it is done out of a sense of gratitude and fi- 
delity. With you the motivation is pride that does not al- 
low you to live comfortably under an obligation. 

More than any other sign of the zodiac, Capricorns 
marry for money and prestige. In most relationships you 
must dominate, because when you are in control you do 
not feel vulnerable to another person's power. In small 
ways you are continually testing the loyalty of those close 
to you. You are the loner of the zodiac, but have a great 
need to be loved and appreciated. Unfortunately, you 
won't let this need be known — in fact, you are a past mas- 
ter at concealing it. 

Underneath the mask, you wear still other masks, and 
it can take a long time to discover the real you. To others 
you may appear aloof, indifferent, hard to reach because 
you are so self-contained. But the very elusiveness of your 
Capricorn personality can be hypnotically attractive. Like 
a riddle wrapped inside a sphinx, there seems to be a fas- 
cinating secret buried in your depths. 

Anyone who cares enough to penetrate your shell of 
reserve will be greatly rewarded. Your affections and loy- 
alty run deep, and you cherish and protect those you love. 
And you stick around when the going is toughest. 

The Inner You 

You don't need anyone to convince you that life is seri- 
ous business; you've known it all along. That's what keeps 
you anxiously asking yourself: Am I fulfilling my responsi- 
bilities? Am I achieving as much as I should? Am I self-re- 
liant enough? You know you have the persistence and 
strength of purpose to reach your goals. But you also have 
a deep need to connect on an emotional level in your rela- 
tionships so that you won't feel separated from those you 
care about. You worry about keeping all that's valuable to 
you — which includes relationships. Despite your intelli- 
gence and the fact that you're so determined, you often 
feel insecure. You're a bundle of conflicting emotions. You 
require discipline and order — chaos drives you crazy and 
makes you doubt yourself and what you're capable of. But 
maybe the gods meant for you to have some doubt; if you 
believed you're as powerful as you really are, you'd be im- 
possible to live with! 

How Others See You 

You're often seen as an irresistible force and an im- 
movable object. People put you in charge because you're 
decisive — you're famous for having a great sense of real- 
ism. When others need a rational head in a crisis, they call 
on you. In personal relationships, some friends will stand 
in line to unload their problems on you; others avoid you 
because they think your outlook is too downbeat. Every- 
one agrees that it's difficult to divert you from your course 
when you've set a goal. Some people feel that in order to 
find the real you they have to strip away layers of secrecy, 
but most understand that your aloofness stems from a 
deep sense of personal privacy. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

Famous People with the Sun in Capricorn 

Muhammad Ali 
Steve Allen 
Matthew Arnold 
Isaac Asimov 
Joan Baez 

Simone de Beauvoir 
Robert Bly 
Humphrey Bogart 
Ray Bolger 
Victor Borge 
David Bowie 
Tycho Brahe 
Louis Braille 
Lloyd Bridges 
Nicolas Cage 
Al Capone 
Jim Carrey 
Carlos Castaneda 
Paul Cezanne 
Anton Chekhov 

Mary Higgins Clark 
Kevin Costner 
Katie Couric 
Ted Danson 
Ellen DeGeneres 
John Denver 
Marlene Dietrich 
Faye Dunaway 
Robert Duvall 
Benjamin Franklin 
Diane von Furstenberg 
Ava Gardner 
Kahlil Gibran 
Barry Goldwater 
Cary Grant 
Oliver Hardy 
Stephen Hawking 
Conrad Hilton 
J. Edgar Hoover 
Anthony Hopkins 

Howard Hughes 
Joan of Arc 
Janis Joplin 
Danny Kaye 
Diane Keaton 
Johann Kepler 
Val Kilmer 

Martin Luther King Jr. 
Rudyard Kipling 
Gelsey Kirkland 
Andre Kostelanetz 
Gene Krupa 
Frank Langella 
Matt Lauer 
Jude Law 
Gypsy Rose Lee 
Robert E. Lee 
John Legend 
Oscar Levant 
Shari Lewis 

Jack London 
Howie Long 
Mao Tse-tung 
Ricky Martin 
Henri Matisse 
Dave Matthews 
Henry Miller 
A. A. Milne 

Mary Tyler Moore 
Kate Moss 
Sir Isaac Newton 
Richard M. Nixon 
Aristotle Onassis 
Dolly Parton 
Louis Pasteur 
Edgar Allan Poe 
Elvis Presley 
Jean-Pierre Rampal 
Paul Revere 

Helena Rubinstein 
Anwar Sadat 
Carl Sandburg 
Dianne Sawyer 
Albert Schweitzer 
Rod Serling 
J. D. Salinger 
Al Smith 
Maggie Smith 
Sissy Spacek 
Joseph Stalin 
Rod Stewart 
Alfred Stieglitz 
Michael Stipe 
J. R. R. Tolkien 
Jon Voight 
Denzel Washington 
Woodrow Wilson 
Tiger Woods 
Loretta Young 

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Elvis Presley 

Tiger Woods 

Sun Signs • 57 


(January 20 - February 18) 

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DUALITY Masculine 



Aquarius is assertive, independent, progressive, analytical, original, and inventive, has strong dislikes and firm opinions. 

RULING PLANET Uranus: Ancient Greek sky god, first ruler of the universe. It was the first modern planet to be discov- 
ered (in 1781). In astrology, Uranus is the planet of change, disruption, the unconventional, and the unexpected. It rules 
invention, aerodynamics, and modern science. 

SYMBOL The Water Bearer: Dispensing a gift that flows freely and equally to all; representing creation and the giving of life. 
The water that the Water Bearer pours out symbolizes truth, which you freely give out to the world. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) ZZ The pictograph represents the water that flows from the vessel of the Water Bearer. 
It is also a picture of the human ankle in motion (the part of the anatomy that Aquarius rules). In symbolic terms, the 
ridged unbroken lines represent electric energy, universal thought, and the wisdom of the future. 



Aquarius is the sign of hopes and dreams, friends and wishes. Its natives tend to be idealistic humanitarians who are 
concerned with the larger issues of the world but remain personally detached in their own relationships. Leo, Aquarius's 
opposite sign, is the sign of pleasure, affection, and love affairs. Leo people look for fun and good times to make them 
happy; they need close ties with others and tend to dominate in love affairs. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY AQUARIUS The circulatory system, shins and ankles: Aquarius natives are prone 
toward ankle sprains and breaks; also to varicose veins and hardening of the arteries. 

LUCKY DAY Wednesday LUCKY NUMBERS 1 and 7 

MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Amethyst: Brings faithfulness in love and bestows the gift of prescience. 

SPECIAL COLOR Electric blue: The clear color of the sky. 

CITIES Stockholm, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Salzburg COUNTRIES Russia, Sweden, Ethiopia 

FLOWER Orchid TREES Fruit trees 

METAL Uranium 


DANGER Aquarians are innovative, unconventional, and sometimes eccentric, and are therefore often targets for attack 
by narrow-minded people. Aquarians also have a tendency to get into unusual situations and take up with oddball 

Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Astrologers are fond of this eleventh sign of 
the zodiac, for Aquarius is the sign of the future, of 
the visionary, some say of astrology itself. Aquarians are 
unorthodox, original people — sort of wacky, witty mad- 
caps who refuse to follow the crowd and go their own way. 
You like being different. You not only march to a different 
drummer, you make up new music as you go along. 

Intellectual independence is your most marked charac- 
teristic. In the sign of Aquarius, the combination of a fixed 
quality (representing persistence) and an air element (rep- 
resenting intellect and communication) under the influ- 
ence of the planet of change, Uranus, creates a personality 
that is liberal, progressive, yet fixed in opinion. Your inflex- 
ibility shows up when others least expect it (in keeping 

with your penchant for unconventionality) . It may be in 
defense of an idea you have, a trip you've decided on, a 
habit of yours that you refuse to give up — whatever the 
cause, someone will suddenly come in conflict with your 
Aquarian obstinacy. You refuse to compromise or give an 
inch. You're a strange mix of an avant-garde thinker whose 
opinions are written in stone. You cheerfully ignore what 
others think and strike off on new paths, unbound by 
precedent, because there are so many more exciting things 
for you to discover that way. You think boredom is a com- 
municable disease and take every opportunity to avoid it. 

Your character is a system of paradoxes. You enjoy be- 
ing with people but are content to be alone. You like to 
travel but love relaxing at home. You are friendly and out- 

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going but also detached and reserved. You have both a 
scientific and an artistic turn of mind. In career you of- 
ten are involved in two distinct areas of work. 

Your astrological symbol is the Water Bearer — often 
Aquarius is mistaken for a water sign. Aquarius is an air 
sign. You are a communicator, an idea person. People born 
under this sign live most intensely in their minds. The 
"water" being poured out by the Water Bearer stands for 
truth. You are a truth-teller; you give out opinions and ob- 
servations. You dispense wisdom. You are a seeker of 
knowledge, rational, open-minded, gifted with breadth of 
vision. Chock full of information, you still search for 
more. You always want to know what lies on the other side 
of the mountain. One Aquarian recently declared, "It an- 
noys me to find out there's something out there I've never 
heard of. I need to know what it is!" 

You can be objective in judgment, for you don't let 
emotion get in the way. This appears to give you the abil- 
ity to stand outside yourself, to rise above ordinary human 
frailty. Your built-in distrust of emotion compels you to 
struggle against its chains, and this may become a source 
of inner conflict. 

Problems arise when your sense of identity becomes 
inextricably linked to your ideas. Like Gemini, another air 
sign, you have a lot of ego invested in your opinions. 
When others disagree, you take this as an attack on your 
personhood. Your fixity turns into willfulness and rebel- 
liousness for the sake of being a rebel. You deliberately re- 
fuse to recognize that your idea isn't working in the real 
world of your relationships or career — and you sabotage 
yourself by insisting on your way even if your way proves 
to be unfeasible. 

You are very people-oriented, addicted to the study of 

human beings and an inveterate people-watcher. Outgo- 
ing and amiable, you attract friends wherever you go. You 
have a talent for making people laugh with a pithy phrase 
that sums up a situation — though those who tangle with 
you quickly discover how your sharp verbal skills can de- 
flate pomposity and pretension. You possess a true com- 
mon touch, yet never lose your own strong individuality. 
Whomever you meet, you remain you — that amusing, in- 
quisitive, interested person who wants to know what 
makes others tick. Your gift is for dealing with all kinds of 
personalities from every walk of life, no matter what their 
station or status. You never put on airs, nor are you cowed 
by anyone's wealth or position. If you met the Queen of 
England, you would be your natural self. We're all related, 
you believe, because we're all human beings. You are gen- 
uinely interested in why a person thinks this way or that. 
The nicest part is that you do not judge. You willingly 
grant to others what you consider an inalienable right: the 
freedom to be unique. For you, the ultimate liberation is 
simply the freedom to be oneself. 

As a student of human behavior, you have great toler- 
ance for the weaknesses and foibles to which all mankind 
is heir. You are a humanitarian, concerned with the wel- 
fare of the world, but do not get deeply involved in inti- 
mate relationships. There is always a certain distant qual- 
ity to you, a detachment or aloofness of spirit. You seem 
to disassociate yourself from emotion. However, the cool, 
arm's-length impression you give can be deceiving. In the 
zodiac Aquarius symbolizes friendship, and you can form 
close and enduring ties. Beneath your detached, seemingly 
unemotional exterior beats a stubbornly loyal heart. No 
one is a truer, finer friend than Aquarius. Completely free 
of malice, you'll do anything to be helpful. Yet you'll never 


Sun Sign Astrology 

let the other person become dependent on you. Your affec- 
tion comes with no strings attached. 

Because independence is your way of life, you will sac- 
rifice even a close personal relationship in order to main- 
tain it. Trying to fence you in or tie you down won't work. 
If you feel trapped, you try to break free at any cost. Your 
sign of Aquarius also represents future hopes and yearn- 
ings, and for you, what's over is done with. You want to es- 
cape the past and, like Peter Pan, head straight on to 
morning. You're wonderful at hatching schemes and 
dreams, plotting trips, setting goals. The unusual — in peo- 
ple, places, and projects — is what really interests you. 

As an idealist you would like to see that everybody is 
happy, and your ambition is to do something important 
and meaningful. Many Aquarians go into politics or be- 
come involved in social causes. This is the astrological sign 
of hopes and wishes, and you are the kind who follows a 
dream. History is dotted with progressive Aquarian thinkers 
such as Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. An- 
thony, Thomas Edison, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

An Aquarian will hatch up a grandiose scheme for im- 
proving the way things are, but your main interest is in 
creating the idea, not translating it into action through 
work. Hard work doesn't interest you. You are creative, 
imaginative, endlessly willing to experiment, but the 
drudgery of detail and the minutiae of management are 
not your style. 

You'd rather invent a new Utopian scheme and let oth- 
ers grapple with the hard realities. 

Your great weakness is a tendency to inflate your own 
importance, to pose as an expert on any subject. 

You are so determined not to be like anyone else that 
you are sometimes contrary just to be different. You have 

the least regard for convention of any zodiacal sign, which 
often gives you a reputation for being eccentric. Just as you 
are broad-minded about the faults of others, you take for 
granted that your shortcomings will be overlooked. 

Sometimes you will be argumentative not because you 
feel deeply, but simply because you enjoy the intellectual 
exercise. You are quickly bored and take delight in verbally 
provoking anyone you consider stodgy and dull. 

Nevertheless, Aquarians are among the kindest people in 
the world. Easygoing, reasonable, slow to take offense, never 
mean-hearted, you believe in live-and-let-live. Honest, help- 
ful, altruistic, and best of all never boring, you can change 
anyone's life for the better just by becoming part of it. 

The Inner You 

The most frequent question you ask is "Why?" You 
want to understand what makes other people tick. Their 
lives fascinate you because you hope they will offer you in- 
sights into your own. You have plenty of love to give, and 
you want nothing more than to have lots of interesting 
friends, a wonderful love relationship, fulfilling work, and 
for the world to be a better place and everyone to be 
happy. Not much to ask, is it? One of your best-kept se- 
crets is how shy and insecure you are. You wonder if the 
people you care about feel the same way about you — this 
is why you work so hard to make others like you. You want 
to share yourself, but are afraid of losing who you are or 
becoming what other people think you should be. Yet 
somehow your feelings of insecurity manage to coexist 
with a belief that you are someone special. 

Sun Signs • 61 

How Others See You 

You're often regarded as slightly eccentric — not neces- 
sarily strange, but certainly an independent character, a 
kind of daredevil with an unusual way of looking at 
things. People consider you a pathfinder, a member of the 
real avant-garde. They think you have a wicked sense of 
humor, an ability to shock and amuse at the same tine. 

They know you're open to new ideas, especially when 
these ideas are yours. People are drawn to your friendli- 
ness and enthusiasm, but they withdraw quickly when you 
turn acid-tongued. Sometimes, because you need so much 
personal freedom, you give the impression of being uncar- 
ing or distant. Those around you may also become an- 
noyed at your stubbornness. 

62 • Sun Sign Astrology 

Famous People with the Sun in Aquarius 

Jennifer Aniston 
Susan B. Anthony 
Corazon Aquino 
Tallulah Bankhead 
Mikhail Baryshnikov 
John Belushi 
Jack Benny 
Christie Brinkley 
Tom Brokaw 
George Burns 
Robert Burns 
Aaron Burr 
Lord Byron 
Eddie Cantor 
Lewis Carroll 
Carol Channing 
Stockard Channing 
Paddy Chayefsky 
Natalie Cole 
Charles Darwin 
Angela Davis 

Geena Davis 
James Dean 
Neil Diamond 
Charles Dickens 
Matt Dillon 
Christian Dior 
Placido Domingo 
Dr. Dre 

Thomas Alva Edison 
Sergei Eisenstein 
Mia Farrow 
Farrah Fawcett 
Federico Fellini 
W. C. Fields 
Clark Gable 
Zsa Zsa Gabor 
Philip Glass 
Christopher Guest 
Germaine Greer 
Zane Grey 
D. W. Griffith 

John Grisham 
Paris Hilton 
Langston Hughes 
Holly Hunter 
Virginia Johnson- 
Michael Jordan 
James Joyce 
Jerome Kern 
Alicia Keys 
Nastassja Kinski 
Eartha Kitt 
Ted Koppel 
Mario Lanza 
Heath Ledger 
Jack Lemmon 
Sinclair Lewis 
Joseph Lieberman 
Abraham Lincoln 
Charles Lindbergh 
Ernst Lubitsch 

Ida Lupino 
David Lynch 
Douglas MacArthur 
John McEnroe 
Norman Mailer 
Edouard Manet 
Christopher Marlowe 
W. Somerset 

Felix Mendelssohn 
Carmen Miranda 
James Michener 
Jeanne Moreau 
Toni Morrison 
Robert Motherwell 
Wolfgang Amadeus 

Paul Newman 
Jack Nicklaus 
Nick Nolte 
Kim Novak 

Yoko Ono 
Thomas Paine 
Anna Pavlova 
S. J. Perelman 
James Pike 
Jackson Pollock 
Leontyne Price 
Ronald Reagan 
Vanessa Redgrave 
Burt Reynolds 
Jackie Robinson 
Chris Rock 
Norman Rockwell 
Franklin Delano 

Arthur Rubinstein 
Babe Ruth 
Telly Savalas 
Franz Schubert 
Andres Segovia 
Tom Selleck 

Jane Seymour 
Cybill Shepherd 
Susan Sontag 
Gertrude Stein 

Adlai Stevenson 
Justin Timberlake 
John Travolta 
Francois Truffaut 
Lana Turner 
Barbara Tuchman 
Jules Verne 
Robert Wagner 
Edith Wharton 
John Williams 
Oprah Winfrey 
Elijah Wood 
Virginia Woolf 

Oprah Winfrey 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

Justin Timberlake 

Sun Signs 

6 3 


(February 19 - March 20) 

DUALITY Feminine 



Pisces is receptive, intuitive and emotional, imaginative, romantic, impressionable and mystical, adaptable, and very 

RULING PLANET Neptune: Ancient god of the sea; second of the modern planets to be discovered (in 1846). In astrol- 
ogy, Neptune is the planet of illusion, glamour, mystery, deception. 

SYMBOL Two Fishes tied to one another and swimming in opposite directions: Signifying hidden depths, shifting emo- 
tional currents, conflicting desires, and extremes of temperament. 

GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL) 7X. The pictograph represents two Fishes tied together. It is also a picture of the hu- 
man feet (the part of the anatomy that Pisces rules). In symbolic terms, the glyph is two crescent moons connected 
by a straight line. This represents emotion and higher consciousness tied to and limited by the material world. 



Pisces is the sign of dreams and mysticism. Its natives trust their intuitions and feelings and tend to seek more spiri- 
tual values in life. Virgo, Pisces's opposite sign, is the sign of work and service. Virgo people deal in facts and reality; 
they are practical and strive for material success. 

PART OF THE BODY RULED BY PISCES The feet: Pisceans have beautifully shaped, sensitive feet that are unfortu- 
nately prone to aches, bunions, corns. Ill-fitting shoes are a particular hazard to people of this sign. 


MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE Aquamarine: Magnifies occult powers and brings serenity of mind. It also protects its 
wearer while traveling on the sea. 

SPECIAL COLORS Pale green and turquoise: The dreamy colors of the sea. 

CITIES Casablanca, Alexandria, Lisbon, Seville, Dublin COUNTRIES Portugal, the Sahara Desert 

FLOWERS Water Lily, White Poppy, Jonquil TREES Fig and Willow 

METAL Platinum 


DANGER Pisceans have a high susceptibility to alcohol and drugs. They are also easily drawn into unpredictable situa- 
tions and to unbalanced people. 

64 • Sun Sign Astrology 

Your Most Likeable Trait 

Just as the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, repre- 
sents a new beginning so the twelfth and last sign, 
Pisces, is the end of the circle, the sign of eternity, reincar- 
nation, and spiritual rebirth. Many astrologers say that 
Pisces is a link to the spirit world and that you who are 
born under this sign are old souls, for they believe Pisceans 
to have experienced other lives in the past. 

Pisceans have an otherworldly quality. In mystical 
terms, you are described as being half-body and half-spirit, 
pulled between material existence and spiritual concerns, 
possessed of the knowledge that you will never be entirely 
at home in the real world. 

Like natives of the other water signs (Cancer and Scor- 
pio), you have the ability to see deeply into the human 
psyche. Subtle and intuitive, you are born with the gift of 

prophecy, and may even become involved in the occult, 
ESP, and spiritualism. Because you have a close relation- 
ship with astral forces, you feel things before you know 
them and your feelings are rarely wrong. If you get a 
hunch, others would be wise to pay attention. Part of your 
clairvoyance stems from the fact that you understand first 
with your heart, and only then do you rationalize what 
you know intuitively. 

Ruled by Neptune, planet of mystery and illusion, your 
personality is elusive, fey, and quicksilvery. Your element is 
water, and the imagery of the sea is evident in how easily 
you adapt to the ever-shifting currents around you. More 
than natives of any other sign, you are enormously influ- 
enced by your surroundings and by the people who touch 
your life. Indeed, you have a unique ability to get under an- 

Sun Signs • 65 

other person's skin, to take literally as your own another's 
problems, joys, and woes. You have tender sympathy for 
anyone or anything that hurts; sick plants, hungry animals, 
and friends in need — they all find a home with you. At 
times you give away the very strength and emotional secu- 
rity you need for yourself. 

You possess superb intuitions and a seemingly bottom- 
less understanding of other people, yet your extraordinary 
sensitivity can be your most vulnerable point. You are too 
impressionable to each passing influence, too susceptible 
to someone else's hard-luck story or plea for help. For you, 
learning to say no can be a lifetime project and you may 
never learn how to do it at all. 

Ancient astrologers called Pisces the sign of Sorrow from 
Self- Undoing, and you can easily become the creator of your 
own downfall. You are impractical and fall prey to 
overindulgence. You also have a penchant for picking the 
wrong companions. A fatal flaw in Pisces is the tendency to 
flee from what you don't want to deal with, and this can lead 
you into a world of addictive behavior. At times, your life 
may become so punctuated with trouble and heartache that 
you try desperately to escape, and then you are like Eliza 
jumping from ice floe to ice floe, with no clear sense of 
where you are headed. Your symbol, two fishes tied together 
swimming in opposite directions, represents conflicting 
emotions and desires that pull you to and fro. You must 
fight hard for stability, for the strength of purpose and bal- 
ance needed to combat the negativity of laziness, careless- 
ness, and emotional confusion. You need to develop a posi- 
tive self-image, play on your strengths and ability to take 
responsibility, not let yourself fall victim to bad choices and 
your predilection for self-undoing. Your life lesson is to learn 

Certainly, you do not lack backbone. Indeed, you are ca- 

pable of great sacrifice and hard work in the service of a 
cause or an ideal. Intellectually you are curious and like to 
explore the unusual and hidden. Although you can be im- 
practical, even lazy, you are also capable of prodigious work 
when you are involved in a project you truly care about. The 
thing is that despite the fact that you work unselfishly for 
others, you find it hard to be strict and disciplined with 
yourself. Not many natives of this sign are suited to the 
harsh, rough-and-tumble world of business and commerce. 
Pisces is the mystical sign of the poet and the dreamer, and 
you are more successful as a writer, musician, or artist. 
You're intensely imaginative and addicted to make-believe, 
and you strive to create a world that comes closer to your 
own unique vision. When you put your energy into creating 
fantasies, you're the most creative artist in the zodiac. 
Among famous Piscean creators are Pierre -Auguste Renoir, 
Frederic Chopin, Enrico Caruso, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolph 
Nureyev, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Edna St. Vin- 
cent Millay. 

Because you blend compassion and understanding 
with great verve, you exert a unique power on people 
whose lives touch yours. You may feel you lack self-confi- 
dence to be a leader, but you are definitely a guide, 
teacher, and role model to many. You are also a fey 
charmer and a mischievous wit who loves to laugh. Yet be- 
cause you are fundamentally unsure of yourself, you pre- 
fer to work alone rather than with people. You have an in- 
stinct for finding what appears to be the easy way out, and 
founder in the shallows of least resistance. This is why so 
many talented, charming, superior natives of this sign 
never attain the position in life to which their gifts entitle 

You are a very special person whose sensitivity and 
awareness will always appeal to a select group. You are ca- 


Sun Sign Astrology 

pable of high intellectual achievement and your magnetic, 
mysterious, engaging and delightful personality is height- 
ened by an intriguing sense of drama. 

You are also loyal, unselfish, and generous, always 
ready to help a friend who has fallen on hard times. In 
fact, you often create a special kind of magic — when you 
concentrate on the best and reject what is ugly and mean- 
spirited, people are likely to live up to your vision. You 
have a deep appreciation for the inner qualities of others; 
you are not concerned with the superficial and with what 
others see on the surface. You look at the inner soul, the 
essence. There is no more sensitive, perceptive friend, nor 
one more warmhearted, caring, devoted, and sentimental. 

Your Inner Self 

You absorb impressions, images, and emotions from 
everything around you, and then filter them through your 
rose-colored view of how you'd like things to be. This is 
not to say you cannot deal with reality — it's just that you 
like to think of life as an ultraromantic movie filled with 

happy endings and where everyone has the best possible 
motives. You're a big bundle of feelings. You feel intense 
joy and happiness when you're involved in a creative proj- 
ect or a loving relationship. The opposite is also true: you 
can suffer greater depths of sadness than most. Yet you're 
tougher than most people think. Push you down and you 
keep bouncing back like a rubber bathtub toy. You're 
charged with energy and get caught up in what's going on 
around you. Your greatest strength is in giving to others; 
you're always ready to help whoever needs you. 

How Others See You 

Everyone thinks you are his or her special friend, that 
they have your undivided attention. You're thought of as 
solicitous and concerned. You're also known as a sparkling 
social presence — witty, vivacious, and always interested in 
new activities. People consider you artistic and somewhat 
bohemian, and are impressed by your psychic sensibility. 
They value you as a confidant but, oddly, the more people 
lean on you, the weaker they think you are. 

Sun Signs • 67 

Famous People with the Sun in Pisces 

Edward Albee 
Mario Andretti 
W. H. Auden 
Tammy Faye Bakker 
Drew Barrymore 
Harry Belafonte 
Alexander Graham 

Osama bin Laden 
Erma Bombeck 
Elizabeth Barrett 

Luther Burbank 
Michael Caine 
Karen Carpenter 
Enrico Caruso 
Johnny Cash 
Edgar Cayce 
Cyd Charisse 
Frederic Chopin 
Glenn Close 

Kurt Cobain 
Roy Cohn 
Nat King Cole 
Nicolaus Copernicus 
Tom Courtenay 
Cindy Crawford 
Billy Crystal 
Honore Daumier 
Michael Dell 
Jimmy Dorsey 
Lawrence Durrell 
Wyatt Earp 
Albert Einstein 
Bobby Fischer 
Peter Fonda 
Galileo Galilei 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
Jackie Gleason 
Mikhail Gorbachev 
Kelsey Grammer 
Cedric Hardwicke 

Jean Harlow 
George Harrison 
Rex Harrison 
Patricia Hearst 
Ben Hecht 
Jennifer Love Hewitt 
Winslow Homer 
Ron Howard 
Victor Hugo 
William Hurt 
Henrik Ibsen 
John Irving 
Steve Jobs 
Jennifer Jones 
Barbara Jordan 
Jon Bon Jovi 
Kiri Te Kanawa 
Edward M. Kennedy 
Jack Kerouac 
Ring Lardner 
Spike Lee 

Sybil Leek 
Jerry Lewis 
Rob Lowe 
James Madison 
Anna Magnani 
Gabriel Garcia 

Edna St. Vincent 

Glenn Miller 
Liza Minnelli 
Piet Mondrian 
Zero Mostel 
Rupert Murdoch 
Ralph Nader 
Kate Nelligan 
Vaslav Nijinsky 
David Niven 
Pat Nixon 
Rudolph Nureyev 

Merle Oberon 
Shaquille O'Neal 
Sidney Poitier 
Aidan Quinn 
Tony Randall 
Sally Jessy Raphael 
Lynn Redgrave 
Carl Reiner 
Rob Reiner 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 
Miranda Richardson 
Bobby Riggs 
Nicolai Rimsky- 

Philip Roth 
Kurt Russell 
Willard Scott 
Neil Sedaka 
Dr. Seuss 
Irwin Shaw 
Dinah Shore 

John Steinbeck 
Dean Stockwell 
Sharon Stone 
Darryl Strawberry 
Jimmy Swaggart 
Elizabeth Taylor 
James Taylor 
Ellen Terry 
Franchot Tone 
Tommy Tune 
Carrie Underwood 
John Updike 
Gloria Vanderbilt 
Irving Wallace 
Earl Warren 
George Washington 
Kurt Weill 
Lawrence Welk 
Vanessa Williams 
Bruce Willis 
Joanne Woodward 

Kurt Cobain 

Carrie Underwood 

Albert Einstein 


Sun Sign Astrology 


Love, l'amour, romance — it makes the world go round. In this chapter you will discover the basic 
amorous nature of the Sun signs. Because men and women have a somewhat different approach to love 
and sex, I have divided the signs into Woman and Man. Also, for those readers interested in how to attract 
a person born under a particular sign, I have included tips that should prove helpful. 

Remember, however, that the descriptions are based on Sun signs alone, not on the other important influ- 
ences in a person's chart. This chapter merely gives you clues to a person's amorous nature, but you can never 
judge a person entirely on his or her Sun sign. 

Let's say a woman has just met an attractive Taurus man and he has invited her to have dinner with him. By 
all means, she should read the description of Taurus man's amorous nature to get an inkling of the kind of man 
he is. But she should not cancel her dinner date if she doesn't like everything she reads. The Taurus she dines 
with will have other planetary influences in his chart, and he will not exactly match his Sun sign description. On 
the other hand, he is a Taurean and his basic nature will have Taurean characteristics. She should go to dinner 
and find out more about the man. When it comes to l'amour, take a chance. 

Later on in the book you will find a chapter on how to compare a lover's horoscope with your own. That 
takes you further into the various planetary influences. By the time you reach that chapter, you will know a great 
deal more about astrology. 

Meanwhile, this preliminary survey provides a general guide and a useful insight into how each Sun sign 
deals with love. In addition, I include for each Sun sign a guide, called "Amorous Combinations," that tells how 
the sign relates to all the other signs in the zodiac. 

Let me caution you, however, that the descriptions in this guide are painted in broad strokes, and should not 
seriously affect a decision about whom to make love with, whom to marry, or even whom to have dinner with — 
decisions that should be based on many other factors. 


With the above caveat, I include in this chapter a summary of general compatibilities for your Sun sign in the hope 
that it may prove both instructive and amusing. 
Vive Famour! 

72 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Aries Woman 

If you fall in love with an Aries woman, you'll never 
lack for excitement. But are you the kind of man who can 
handle a full-blooded independent, forceful female? Be- 
cause that's what Aries woman is. 

This passionate, intense creature can't give a tepid re- 
sponse. She's a fully stocked fireplace, with logs, kindling, 
and paper, waiting for the touch of a match to set her on fire. 

What Aries woman wants, she gets. When a man meets 
an irresistible force like her, he tends to become a highly 
movable object. Indeed, when she is first attracted to a 
man she throws herself into the enthralling game of seeing 
how fast she can capture him. For her, one of the peak ex- 
periences of an affair is the beginning of the stalk. She's 
fascinated by challenge. The more aloof you are, the more 
she wants you; her goal is to make you her love slave. 

A love affair with her is not easy. She wants freedom 
and total togetherness and ecstasy all at once. She has an 
enormous need for love and gets more than her share, but 
no man becomes her lord and master. She meets a man on 
equal terms. If he offers loyalty, she repays him in kind. If 
he is untrustworthy, she also repays him in kind. Basically, 
in her relations with men she is domineering. You can ei- 
ther accept it or leave. If you stay, you've made the first 
concession on a long road. At the end, you're likely to find 
you've been molded and shaped to fit her image of what 
her lover should be. 

In love she will be faithful, but she expects total fidelity 
in return. Her jealousy is rooted in possessiveness. She 
doesn't want a lover who has too many other interests. She 
wants all of him — or nothing at all. 

There is an important distinction to make about her 
jealousy that may be useful in helping to understand her 
fundamental character. She isn't jealous because of a feel- 
ing of insecurity (the root cause of most jealousy), but 
because she has to be number one. She'll become a tow- 
ering inferno if her man so much as thinks about two- 
timing her. 

The Aries woman finds happiness in a long-term rela- 
tionship. She enjoys sharing everything with a lover, and is 
a giver of and partaker in pleasure. She is a highly affec- 
tionate and demonstrative lover who exudes sexuality and 
magnetism. Every sex encounter (even with the same 
lover) takes on the drama of a conquest. She will also be 
your staunchest ally, fight side by side with you, believe in 
you, encourage you. She's a marvelous companion for a 
man on the way up or fighting to stay at the top because 
she'll give him all the strength and determination she has. 
She's definitely ambitious. 

When she does not feel she is loved she can become 
shrill and demanding. Above all, she won't tolerate being 
ignored or neglected. The straight road to perdition is a 
relationship with an unhappy Aries woman. 

She wants to be understood and appreciated for her 
unique qualities. If you handle her with tact and give her the 

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admiration she needs, this vivacious, active, mischievous, 
sensual, fascinating woman will do anything you ask. 

You and Aries Man 

It would be superfluous to say he has fiery emotions 
because he has practically no other kind. He's always in 
search of something that will satisfy his pioneering, ever- 
aggressive lust for adventure. He moves within a self- 
created aura of excitement and somehow things happen 
wherever he is. 

He won't be easy to resist. Think it over before you say 
even a tentative no. Where else will you find a lover as ad- 
venturous, original, virile, and vital? A woman who is at- 
tracted to an Aries male should be willing to settle for a 
brilliant, exciting — and generally short — affair. Romanti- 
cally, he dotes on challenge and novelty. To him, the world 
is a garden of feminine flowers and he can't afford to miss 
the scent of a single lovely bloom. 

There are so many delights to sample before winter 
comes. He is always eager for a new experience. At first, 
that's all a woman represents to him. 

However, there is a vulnerable side to this man. He be- 
lieves in the Eternal Woman, a romanticized version of the 

beautiful goddess whom he will sweep off her feet. He 
doesn't understand deviousness in a relationship, and if a 
woman appears innocent and yielding he won't look further. 
If he discovers that he has been duped and taken advantage 
of, his bewilderment and hurt quickly turn to anger. 

Aries acts out sexual fantasies. The minute he finds 
himself daydreaming about a sexual situation, he sets to 
work trying to make it a reality. And something about his 
blunt, direct approach, "the battering ram," gets results 
where more subtle means might fail. He leaves no doubt of 
his intention from the first, but comes at you directly. His 
manner is forceful, aggressive, and winning. He is used to 
winning. On your first date you'll learn that you cannot 
take the lead. He will tell you where you're going and when; 
you can simply relax and leave it all in his capable hands. 

He is impulsive to the point of rashness. When he 
wants you, he wants you. He has no control over his pas- 
sions and must go anywhere his desires impel him. He 
doesn't worry about consequences. 

This man has energy, imagination, and sheer physical 
exuberance. Any woman who has had an Aries man 
around the house will tell you she had an exciting time — 
while it lasted. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

How to Attract Aries 

Don't be timid. Faint heart never won Aries, male or fe- 
male. Let Aries people know how much you admire them 
right at the beginning. Aries people will never think you 
brash if you are paying them a compliment. They feel they 
deserve it. Be a bit careful, though, about laying it on too 
thick. They can always spot insincerity. 

Aries people think of themselves as intellectuals, so 
don't appeal to them purely on a physical plane. They will 
enjoy a lively discussion of theater, music, politics, or even 
more esoteric subjects such as history, art, or philosophy. 

A good suggestion for a date early in the relation- 
ship is a sporting event. (With Aries, it can never be 
more than a suggestion.) They are enthusiastic sports 
fans. If you don't know much about the game you're 
watching, let them explain it to you. They'll do so in a 
way that will make it interesting and exciting. 

Before an important date, take a nice long nap. Aries is 
no clock-watcher, and the fun may go on and on into the 
wee hours. Aries people pick up steam while everyone else 
is running out of gas. 

By all means, bring your problems to Aries. There is 
nothing they like better than to be asked for advice. They 
are generous with their time, counsel, money, and sympa- 
thy. And there's an additional advantage. No Aries is in 
doubt as to what should be done in any given situation. 
You'll get a forthright, black-and-white, no-quibbles-or- 
evasions answer. 

Important: Never try to dictate to an Aries. They don't 
know how to take orders. If you want to put an idea into 
his or her head, do it so that Aries thinks the idea origi- 
nated there. 

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Aries's Amorous Combinations 

ARIES AND ARIES This can be a passionate affair, but 
neither is content with an inferior role. The Aries fe- 
male tends to dominate (generally because domineer- 
ing females have to try harder to get their way than 
domineering males). However, there will be fierce 
competition to be number one. Eventually, the flare- 
ups and heavy cannonading take their toll in the bed- 
room, and what starts out so promisingly ends in 
disharmony. The prognosis is a little better if each has 
outside interests and/or a career separate from the 
other. When their energies are diverted into other ar- 
eas, conflict between the two becomes a bit more play- 
ful and less destructive. 

ARIES AND TAURUS Both are highly sensual, but Aries 
may be annoyed by the deliberate pace and unimagi- 
native lovemaking of Taurus. Taurus is a homebody, 
while Aries is definitely not. Aries is impulsive, and 
looks for new experiences and freedom. Taurus is pos- 
sessive and jealous, set in its ways, and views Aries's 
need to be an individual as a rejection. Taurus is good 
at making money, but Aries is even better at spending 
it. The long haul can be hard going, though if they 
hang on long enough Aries will come to appreciate 
Taurus's steadiness and dependability. 

ARIES AND GEMINI They won't bore each other be- 
cause both love to talk. (It's a close contest, but Gemini 
will probably win.) And they share a special compati- 

bility, for Gemini is as restless and eager to try new 
things as Aries is. There are no inhibitions on either 
side. Gemini is clever enough to counter Aries's need 
to dominate. Gemini may seek extra outside stimula- 
tion, but is discreet about it. Their minds mesh well; 
Aries is dynamic and intelligent, Gemini is versatile 
and ingenious. Aries is likely to be the leader sexually, 
and Gemini delights in thinking up variations to keep 
Aries's interest at a peak. The signals are definitely go. 

ARIES AND CANCER These two are fascinated with 
each other at the beginning, but sexual attraction 
fades in the face of many temperamental differences. 
Aries leaps without looking; Cancer is cautious. Cancer 
loves hearth and home; Aries hates being tied down. 
Resentments build up and they argue over trifles. 
Aries has a sharp tongue that wounds vulnerable 
Cancer. The more aggressive Aries is, the more defen- 
sive Cancer becomes. There's too little compatibility 
to work with. When Cancer starts to nag, Aries looks 
for the way out. 

ARIES AND LEO Both have got egos to burn and both 
like to lead. Aggressive Aries wouldn't dream of taking 
second place, and kingly Leo needs constant admira- 
tion. Usually they can work it out by having Leo play 
the emperor and Aries play the general. The trick is for 
neither to take the other all that seriously. It's a fine 
combustible sexual match, for both are fiery and ro- 


Sun Sign Astrology 

mantic. Aries is optimistic and open to life; Leo is gen- 
erous and good-hearted. If neither tries to deflate the 
other — and if they can find room to compromise about 
who dominates whom — this should be a happy mating. 

ARIES AND VIRGO Aries's boldness should intrigue 
shy, reserved Virgo for a time. But they have totally dif- 
ferent ideas about what should happen in the bed- 
room — and elsewhere. Aries's passions are impulsive 
and direct. Virgo's sexuality is more enigmatic and 
takes time to be revealed. In other areas Aries is full of 
exciting new plans and ideas, and insists on being boss. 
Virgo is critical and fussy, and likes things to be done 
the way Virgo wants. Virgo disapproves of Aries's ex- 
travagance; Aries thinks Virgo cold and carping. They 
end up making war, not love. 

undoing. Aries's many outside interests make Scorpio 
feel insecure and that brings out Scorpio's tyrannical 
streak. Aries won't take orders and Scorpio will never 
take a backseat. This is an unstable partnership with a 
low ignition point. 

ARIES AND SAGITTARIUS Sagittarius is a perfect tem- 
peramental match for Aries. They are both active, spon- 
taneous people who like socializing, have extravagant 
tastes in common, and enjoy the good life. There may 
be a little conflict because both are impulsive and bru- 
tally frank. Arguments can reach the boiling point. 
Aries's forceful sexual approach is not always playful 
Sagittarius's style. However, they have wonderful senses 
of humor and enjoy each other's company. If they make 
it in the bedroom, they'll make it everywhere else. 

ARIES AND LIBRA There is a powerful initial attraction 
between these two opposites, for in certain areas each 
supplies what the other lacks. For one, Aries's aggressive- 
ness arouses Libra's sensual potential. Their love life may 
be unconventional. However, Libra really wants peace, 
quiet, and harmony, while Aries wants action and adven- 
ture. Both like social life, entertaining, and pleasure, but 
both are restless in different ways. In time Libra will look 
for someone less demanding, and Aries will find some- 
one more adoring. Marvelous affair; poor marriage. 

ARIES AND SCORPIO Love can be a bonfire between 
these two. They're both physical, energetic, and pas- 
sionate. Sexually, everything should be fine — it's the 
emotional side of the relationship they can't handle. 
Each has a forceful personality and wants to control 
the other. In the end, Scorpio's jealousy may prove the 

ARIES AND CAPRICORN Aries's taste for innovation 
and experimentation may not please conservative 
Capricorn. Aries is restless, fiery, impulsive; Capricorn 
is ordered, settled, practical. Capricorn needs to domi- 
nate and so does Aries. Problems also crop up over 
money — Aries is extravagant, Capricorn is security- 
minded. Oddly enough, the auguries are better for the 
long haul than the short. Aries's responsive sexual na- 
ture meets its match in Capricorn's deep-seated pas- 
sions. And Capricorn's strength and endurance will in 
time win Aries's respect. 

ARIES AND AQUARIUS They're well suited tempera- 
mentally — both are active, ambitious, enjoy a wide 
range of interests, and are equally eager for sexual ad- 
venture. Depending on whim, Aquarius may or may not 
let Aries take the lead. Both are independent — Aquarius 

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even more than Aries — and Aries may at times feel neg- 
lected. Aries finds the Aquarian unpredictability excit- 
ing, but also never feels entirely secure. However, with a 
bit of tact and understanding on both sides, this is a 
great affair that could turn into something even better. 

ARIES AND PISCES Aries will draw Pisces out of that 
shell, and in turn will be hypnotized by Pisces's seduc- 

tive and mysterious sexuality. The boldness and confi- 
dence of Aries plus Pisces's intuitions and fantasies add 
up to an eventful union. Personality differences com- 
plement each other. Aries is self-assured and vivacious; 
Pisces is somewhat shy and easily led. Aries likes to be 
dominant; Pisces likes having someone to lean on. For 
a happy coupling this requires only a little more tact 
on Aries's part. 

Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Taurus Woman 

She is a da Vinci in the art of seduction. From her 
Mona Lisa smile to the sensual look in her eyes, she is a 
consummate mistress of love. However, she is not promis- 
cuous, and any hopeful male who picks up her seductive 
signal had better turn off his antenna if all he wants is a 
casual affair. Taurus woman is not a lady for a day, or even 
for a weekend. Her need is for security and stability, and 
casual is not a word in her vocabulary of love. 

In many ways Taurus woman is the perfect personifica- 
tion of the old-fashioned woman, for she is devoted and 
protective, a natural earth mother who loves and nurtures 
and gives of her strength. She is also earthy in her pas- 
sions — once she falls in love. Being in love brings out the 
best in her. She isn't coy or provocative in a love relation- 
ship. She is open, affectionate, and demonstrative with the 
man she cares for, and abundantly generous with her af- 
fection, caresses, and verbal endearments. Her sexual ap- 
petite borders on the lusty — indeed, she has a great ap- 
petite for life. Her first sexual experience is likely to be 
with an older, sophisticated man who teaches her the 
pleasures of fine food and wines and traveling first class. 

A passionate bed partner and a devoted mate, Taurus 
woman has a great deal to offer. But she demands a lot in 
return. She believes in giving her all and taking all she can 
get. No bargain hunters need apply. 

She likes to be courted, pursued, and wooed — but is 

never really won. She makes up her own mind long before 
what you may consider the decisive moment. She plans 
ahead, for she doesn't believe such an important matter as 
sex should be left entirely to chance. The stage is set care- 
fully. Every attention will be given to detail, for the woman 
born under this sign is marvelous at detail. While you preen 
yourself on your supposed conquest, she never lets you 
know that you never had a choice. 

If she loves you, nothing anybody can say against you 
will affect her in the slightest degree. She has a secure 
sense of her own judgment and her own needs, and she 
trusts her instincts. 

Taurus woman is a true romantic — serene, unaffected, 
sexy, artistic, good-natured, yet with elegance and taste. If 
you capture this woman's fancy, count yourself blessed. 

You and Taurus Man 

He won't sweep you off your feet and ride away with 
you into a crimson sunset. It's not that he's afraid to do 
this, it's just that the idea would never occur to him. If his 
maiden fair were locked up in a tower, he'd be far more 
likely to call at the front gate to negotiate for her release. 
That's the sensible thing to do. 

Above all, this man is sensible, down-to-earth, and 
practical about love. In his approach to women he is delib- 
erate, looking over the field before he decides. You won't 
find him trying to win the prize every other man is after. 
He wants a woman who will satisfy him for the long haul, 

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not a glittering chromium-plated model that's all too soon 
ready for the junk heap. He prizes security and stability. 
This is not to say he will turn down an invitation to a 
weekend frolic with a beautiful blonde. The world is pop- 
ulated with millions of sexy, sensual, casual-seeming Tau- 
rus men who certainly enjoy making love. But scratch the 
surface and you'll uncover a man who doesn't want a rela- 
tionship unless he thinks it's going to last. When it comes 
to his emotional life he can afford to be patient. 

He is very sensitive to a rebuff, but is so good at con- 
cealing this that most women never suspect it. He may ap- 
pear too stolid to be really sensitive, but his tough-looking 
hide is only tissue thin. It isn't always apparent at first meet- 
ing, but, in his own way, Taurus is supremely romantic. He 
puts the woman he cherishes on a pedestal, though he cer- 
tainly doesn't treat her like a statue. Unlike some men who 
have an idealized vision that they try to superimpose on a 
woman, Taurus loves the real you. 

This man isn't able to say "I love you" as readily as the 

more verbal types such as Gemini or Libra, but he will 
show his devotion by being unexpectedly generous. Of 
course, his gifts won't be frivolous because he never loses 
sight of the value he gets for money spent. He's the kind 
of man who will buy you a single high-priced piece of 
jewelry rather than a dozen gaudy trinkets. 

Beneath a Taurus male's reserve is a passionate, highly 
physical nature. For him, romance and sensuality are prac- 
tically interchangeable. Like his female counterpart, he is 
simple and direct about his sexual pleasures. 

He sees no need for variations on the theme, but on 
the other hand, he has all the stamina a woman could ask 
for. His immense physical vitality more than makes up for 
any lack of variety. 

Here is a sensual, strong-willed, sensible man you can 
depend on. He's loyal, affectionate, kind, and faithful, with 
a fine understated sense of humor. A lot of women who 
are looking for Mr. Right need look no farther than a Tau- 
rus male. 


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How to Attract Taurus 

Taureans are not going to be rushed. They like everything, 
including a friendship or a love affair, to be built on a firm 
foundation. That may require restraint and patience, but 
these are qualities Taureans appreciate, for they possess 
those traits themselves. 

Hint: The first move is up to you. Taurus is slow to 
make up his or her mind, and the opportunity will be 
gone if you don't seize the initiative. 

Show them you like to be in their company, and try to 
amuse them. These quiet, easygoing people respond to 
those from whom they can borrow laughter. You'll find 
them charming companions, interested and interesting. A 
tendency to be somewhat ponderous or to go on at exces- 
sive length can be corrected with an apt remark at the 
right time. 

If you tell a joke, remember that Taurus's sense of hu- 

mor tends to be broad, robust, Rabelaisian. Physical jokes 
strike their funnybones. 

If you're feeding a Taurus, feed him or her well. Take 
her to a restaurant where the chef knows his business and 
where you can get a good bottle of wine. Cook him a meal 
at home that shows you know your way around a kitchen, 
and don't skimp on the portions. 

If the conversation starts to lag, try that never-failing 
topic of interest: money. By all means, show off your 
prized possessions, from stamps to ivory miniatures to 
jade, or even Indian-head pennies. To a Taurean, it's all 
endlessly fascinating. 

Don't monopolize the conversation. Once Taureans get 
started, they like to talk. And don't be niggardly with 
praise — for their home, their car, clothes, jewelry, their just 
plain good taste, and, above all, for them. 

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Taurus's Amorous Combinations 

TAURUS AND ARIES Taurus is not as quick on the 
trigger as Aries, but both have a mutual interest in 
making love. Aries is emotional and Taurus is sensual, 
and they're bound to have fun while the affair lasts. In 
time, though, Taurus's possessiveness will strike angry 
sparks from fiery Aries. They'll also argue about 
money — Taurus tends to be careful and conservative, 
Aries is reckless and a spendthrift. Aries's impulsive- 
ness in making decisions annoys fixed Taurus, who 
dislikes a sudden change in routine. An affectionate af- 
fair can turn into a difficult marriage. 

TAURUS AND TAURUS This isn't the most exciting 
union ever, for both are domestic creatures who prefer 
safety to adventure. However, both share a fondness 
for money and, are hardworking, loyal, and affection- 
ate. She tends to be more sentimental than he, but 
each is as possessive as the other, which works out fine. 
Because they are both earthy and direct about sexual 
needs, there should be no problem in that department. 
Boredom is the threat. The perfect solution is for each 
to develop some outside hobbies and friends without 
raising the possessive hackles of the other. 

TAURUS AND GEMINI These two are completely un- 
alike in temperament. Taurus is stolid, fixed in opin- 
ions, resistant to change. Gemini is flighty, restless, 
vacillating. But they may find each other intriguing for 

that very reason — for a little while. Gemini is attracted 
to Taurus's passions, but in time Taurus's instinct for 
security and stability will be offended by volatile Gem- 
ini. Taurus is too much a creature of habit to go along 
with Gemini's constant need for new stimulation. 
Eventually, Taurus's demands are simply too much for 
Gemini, who seeks escape. 

TAURUS AND CANCER They have a lot going for 

them. Both are home-lovers, sentimentalists, and highly 
sexed. Taurus's easy-going, placid nature is a good anti- 
dote for Cancer's moodiness, though sometimes plain- 
spoken Taurus must be careful not to slight Cancer's 
feelings. Cancer needs someone strong like Taurus to 
depend on; in turn, Cancer gives Taurus the loyalty and 
feedback it needs. Taurus is ambitious for money and 
security, and Cancer has exactly these same goals. Simi- 
lar interests and desires make for a harmonious mating. 

TAURUS AND LEO Leo demands constant praise and 
adulation, and is forever competing with Taurus. As a 
result, Taurus digs in its heels and gets more sullen 
with each passing day. Taurus needs appreciation and 
Leo needs worship, but neither will get what it needs 
from the other. In addition, Leo is extravagant and 
Taurus parsimonious. There is a basic conflict between 
Taurus's desire for a well-ordered schedule and Leo's 
need for a larger-than-life existence. Sexually, these two 


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are well matched, but Leo thinks life is a circus and 
tries to perform in all three rings at once. Taurus finds 
that hard to take, or even to watch. 

TAURUS AND VIRGO It's love at first sight. Both are 
homebodies and they share the same intellectual pur- 
suits. Taurus's tenacity and Virgo's sharp mind are a 
good combination for success as a team. And Taurus 
keeps a careful eye on expenditures, which pleases 
thrifty Virgo. Although they lack what might be called a 
spontaneous approach to life, neither puts a high value 
on that. They may have to adjust sexually, for Taurus is 
more physical. However, Taurus will probably waken 
Virgo's sleeping passions. And they have everything else 
in common. 

TAURUS AND LIBRA Taurus finds Libra a warm, ro- 
mantic, vibrant partner. Libra was born to charm and 
titillate. Steady Taurus balances Libra's indecisiveness. 
Money may be a problem, for Libra doesn't share Tau- 
rus's reverential attitude toward a dollar, but both tend 
to be acquisitive and like to collect beautiful things. 
Both signs are ruled by Venus and have sensual natures, 
but each expresses this quality differently. In time, Li- 
bra's fickleness and casual air toward love can drive 
Taurus wild; and Libra will certainly resent Taurus's 
possessiveness. This romantic pairing may not last long. 

TAURUS AND SCORPIO These two are opposites in 
the zodiac, but they have more in common than other 
opposites. Both are determined and ambitious, and 
neither is much of a rover. However, there are two 

strong wills at work here. Taurus's passionate sexual 
nature meets more than its match in Scorpio — in fact, 
the sexual element in this affair borders on the obses- 
sive. But Scorpio's overbearing, possessive, jealous na- 
ture makes Taurus simmer with resentment. This is a 
tempestuous affair, and neither has the tolerance to 
make the union last. 

TAURUS AND SAGITTARIUS This might work if Tau- 
rus can tie a string to Sagittarius's kite and hold on 
tight. They are attracted to each other physically, for 
Taurus's passions are ignited by Sagittarius's uninhib- 
ited lovemaking. But Taurus finds it difficult to deal 
with Sagittarius's roving eye and search for novelty. 
Sagittarius has an easy, live-and-let-live attitude about 
sex and everything else, whereas Taurus is both serious 
and possessive. Sagittarius refuses to stay under some- 
one else's thumb. No dull moments — but a good deal 
of quarreling. An affair can be fun. 

TAURUS AND CAPRICORN Capricorn is a strong 
match for Taurus, for they both have passions that are 
straightforward and uncomplicated. There won't be 
much romance but plenty of healthy sex. They share 
the same goals and like the same kinds of friends, and 
both are fond of security and money. Capricorn is a bit 
more secretive than Taurus would like, but all the same 
Capricorn's loyalty makes Taurus feel secure. And Tau- 
rus is charmed by Capricorn's unexpected sense of hu- 
mor. Auguries for the long term are promising. 

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TAURUS AND AQUARIUS Neither is likely to approve 
of the other. Taurus is conservative, careful, close- 
mouthed. Aquarius is unconventional, innovative, and 
vivacious. Taurus is lusty and passionate, while Aquarius 
operates on a mental plane. Taurus finds it hard to keep 
Aquarius at home or satisfied with the delights of do- 
mesticity. Aquarius looks for openness and self-expres- 
sion in a relationship, while Taurus needs security and 
comfort. Aquarius, a fancy-free loner who resents ties 
that bind, sooner or later slips away from possessive 

TAURUS AND PISCES Pisces may not altogether un- 
derstand Taurus's materialistic approach to life. But the 
dependability of Taurus supplies the anchor Pisces 
needs to keep from drifting away into a private sea of 
fantasy. Hardworking Taurus sets a good example for 
lazy Pisces. Also, Taurus's practical, easygoing nature 
helps Pisces through its frequent changes of mood. In 
love, Taurus is devoted and Pisces is adoring. Though 
Pisces can be a little fey for Taurus, they're well suited 
sexually. Taurus is passionate, Pisces is sensual, and 
what's wrong with that? 


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The Amorous Nature 

You and Gemini Woman 

When you meet this coquette you are likely to become 
enchanted, for she casts a spell better than Merlin. How- 
ever her love affairs have a touch of the casual, and even 
when she becomes deeply involved or marries there will be 
as much friendly feeling as heavy-breathing passion. 

Many men who agree that Gemini women are fascinat- 
ing think they are too difficult to figure out. If you keep 
her dual nature firmly in mind you won't be so confused. 
There is a part of her that needs love and security: to be 
coddled, catered to, looked after, made to feel she is the 
most important woman in the world. But the stronger part 
of her nature needs stimulation and novelty. There is an ir- 
repressible frivolity to the personality of this high-spirited, 
pleasure-loving woman. 

Gemini's secret fantasy is to be a smoldering and lan- 
guorous femme fatale. But in real life she just doesn't have 
the patience, much less the time. Besides, half the men she 
meets aren't worth the effort: They're too dull. 

She has a connoisseur's appreciation for a really inter- 
esting man, but if an affair loses zest, she looks for the es- 
cape hatch. When love goes out the window she doesn't 
waste time wondering where it went. A bad experience is 
quickly put out of mind. In order to fall in love again, she 
knows that she must forget having been in love before. 

Sometimes in the game of seduction she can appear 
heartless because, while trying to keep you head-over-heels 

about her, she's also calculating whether you're worth her at- 
tention. She experiences sexual desire in her mind before it 
becomes a reality. As a lover, she's quick tinder — she has an 
endless sexual curiosity and a charming willingness to exper- 
iment. Sometimes she tends to emphasize too much the 
physical responses of sex and fails on the emotional follow- 
through. That's because, basically, she doesn't commit herself 
too deeply or reveal herself too openly. 

Gemini woman is inclined to be restless and change- 
able, and is often not satisfied with just one man on her 
string. Her dualistic and fickle nature demands more than 
one man can usually provide. To fulfill all her needs, he 
must satisfy on several planes at once — mental, emotional, 
and sexual. Variety is the name of her game. 

All this makes a problem if you are out to become num- 
ber one in her life. You have to be a composite man who 
can interest her on both a sexual and a mental level. If you 
can, she will be your devoted companion, faithful lover, and 
all-seasons charmer. You can almost be sure of her. 

She likes to think her love is greater than that of the 
one she loves, a subtle form of control that is both a re- 
proach and an encouragement for him to prove otherwise. 
Don't take what Gemini woman says at face value. Even if 
she believes what she says, there's another motive behind 
the apparent one. 

Underneath her bewildering variety of masks, however, 
there is a solid, enduring person who shows her real face 
when she is in love. Then she may become quite possessive 

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and is even inclined to be jealous. It's a rare lover who can 
deceive her and get away with it. 

But why would he want to? Tempestuous, brilliant, vi- 
brant, and witty, she's more than enough for any man. 

You and Gemini Man 

He's the world's best date — quick-witted, charming, inter- 
ested in his companion, generous, and imaginative about 
places to go and things to see. A date with him is like an 
entertainment that never ends. 

Women are drawn like moths to the bright flame of his 
vivacity, his zest for living. And like moths, women flare 
briefly in his life and are gone. It won't do any good to try 
to pin him down. See that bright flash of color in the gar- 
den? It's a living butterfly, not a specimen in a case. Enjoy 
it while you can; its stay will be brief. 

This Mercury-ruled man loves women, which is one of 
his secrets of success with them. The Gemini man is gen- 
uinely interested in what women have to say, how their 
minds work, what he can learn from them. But he also 
needs his minimum daily requirement of fun, and when 
the fun leaves a relationship so does he. Just as a woman 
begins to take him seriously he vanishes in a puff of smoke. 

The truth is that the Gemini male is made uneasy by 
too much emotion, by a woman who takes love too seri- 
ously. He thinks sex is fascinating because it continually 
renews itself; but love is terminal. Curiously, though, 
many Gemini men tend to get involved with intense, emo- 

tional women. (Of course, they don't usually stay in- 
volved.) Something about women who live on a dramatic 
level, who really feel emotions and express them, intrigues 
and fascinates Gemini. It's as if through them he hopes to 
uncover a new facet in himself. 

If you ask him why he flits from one female to another, 
he'll tell you it's because he's searching for his own iden- 
tity, or the perfect love, or some elusive goal of perfection. 
He was born under the sign of the Twins, and in a way he 
is looking for his astral twin, the spiritual soulmate who 
will complete his nature and put an end to his duality. 

It's all too easy for you to fall into this man's silken 
web. He's a past master at the art of seduction. Many a 
woman has begun a friendly relationship with a nice, 
seemingly unaggressive, intellectual Gemini, only to find 
herself in bed with him — and not quite sure how she got 
there. A variation of this approach is when he seems not 
to be interested, or is acting cool and indifferent, or is 
even pursuing someone else for a time. Then when you 
start making an effort to attract him, it's too late. He's 
slipped the halter around your neck. 

As a lover he has imagination, assurance, and flair, but 
he may not seem fully committed. His attention is always 
partly occupied elsewhere. 

A romance will prove intriguing and exciting but may 
not survive the rough spots. The initial glow rubs off, the 
flame starts to sputter. No regrets, though, when smoke gets 
in your eyes. He's been fascinating to know. 


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How to Attract Gemini 

Meet them on the high ground. Geminis' interests are 
wide rather than deep — they know a little about every- 
thing, but not much about any one thing. If you know one 
thing well, you'll impress them. 

Gemini likes to give a friend or a lover a kind of IQ 
test. If you pass, you're welcome. You can even choose the 
subject on which you're being tested. Books, music, art, 
politics — Gemini is interested in all. 

Beware of being too smugly conservative or conform- 
ist. In Gemini's scoring this rates as dull. However, speak 
your mind frankly on any subject. Gemini admires candor 
and honesty, and a good exchange, even of contrary opin- 
ions, can be a firm foundation for better acquaintance. 

Don't try to match wits, unless you're sure you have the 
verbal ammunition. Geminis of either sex wield words as 

weapons. Geminis enjoy intellectual talk but they also love 
gossip. If you know any interesting anecdotes about the fa- 
mous, near famous, or even just mutual acquaintances, 
you'll have an appreciative audience. Geminis are also fond 
of anyone who can make them laugh. 

Want to give a gift? Bracelets and rings will set off their 
expressive hands. Or give them something to stimulate 
their busy minds: books, word games, puzzles, interesting 
computer software, the latest dictionary. 

Warning: Geminis are deeply sensitive, and need to 
have people around they trust. Never give them a reason to 
suspect you are playing fast and loose with them (even if 
you are). And don't you be suspicious of them; nothing dis- 
tresses Geminis more than to have their motives distrusted. 

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Gemini's Amorous Combinations 

GEMINI AND ARIES This lively, energetic pair can be 
good friends as well as good lovers. They thrive on ac- 
tivity, adventure, and variety; enjoy each other's hu- 
mor; and like social life. Aries will probably make the 
decisions because Gemini has difficulty in that area. 
There will be bedroom high jinks, for both are enthu- 
siastic about sex. Aries's domineering streak will give 
Gemini the firm direction it needs — and Gemini's oc- 
casional wanderings from the straight and narrow will 
keep Aries on its toes. 

GEMINI AND TAURUS An unpromising match, 

though at the beginning Taurus responds to Gemini's 
sparkle and Gemini is intrigued by Taurus's uncompli- 
cated directness. But Taurus wants life to be stable and 
ordered, while Gemini is easily bored and looks for 
new experiences. Taurus is devoted to home sweet 
home, while Gemini follows the lure of the open road. 
Gemini finds Taurus's lovemaking a bit on the dull 
side, and also resents the restrictive net Taurus tries to 
construct. In turn, jealous, possessive Taurus can't han- 
dle Gemini's outside dalliances. Passions cool. 

GEMINI AND GEMINI You won't find a more versa- 
tile, charming, or vivacious pair. These two will never 
bore each other, for they are interested in everything. 
The pace is frenetic, but neither would dream of slow- 
ing down. They are fascinating conversationalists, have 
tons of friends, and together they'll throw some mar- 

velous parties. Sex is fun and games. But this couple is 
also superficial, unstable, and very restless. When they 
move out of the bedroom, everything becomes too 
chaotic — even for twin Geminis. 

GEMINI AND CANCER Passionate Cancer fulfills 
Gemini's physical needs, and Gemini's cheerfulness 
brightens Cancer's disposition. But all too soon Gem- 
ini's tendency to play at love wounds oversensitive 
Cancer. Flirtatious Gemini makes Cancer feel very in- 
secure and an affair is likely to be volatile. These two 
have too little in common for a long-term relationship. 
Cancer needs security and domesticity; Gemini loathes 
being tied down. Gemini hasn't any patience with Can- 
cer's moodiness, and Gemini's sharp tongue is too bit- 
ing for Cancer's fragile ego. They are doomed to a 
downhill run. 

GEMINI AND LEO An affectionate pair who really en- 
joy each other. Gemini's amorous playfulness finds a 
responsive partner in eager, extroverted Leo. Leo's self- 
confidence blinks at Gemini's flirtatiousness with oth- 
ers. Gemini's penchant for ridicule can annoy regal 
Leo, though, and Leo will probably demand more ado- 
ration than Gemini is willing to give. Socially, each 
tries to upstage the other, but they have a lot of fun to- 
gether doing it. They both love to laugh, and in bed 
they set off sparks. What more can they ask? 

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GEMINI AND VIRGO Both are Mercury-ruled and have 
a mental approach to life. But similarity ends there; 
these two are star-crossed from the beginning. Virgo 
considers Gemini scatterbrained and immature. Gem- 
ini thinks of Virgo as a stick-in-the-mud and a bore. 
Virgo's analytical approach seems like indifference to 
Gemini. Virgo looks on Gemini's busy social life as su- 
perficial and a waste of time. Virgo is critical; Gemini is 
tactless. Passions run on a low thermostat; their sex life 
soon turns chilly. Gemini's eye is certain to rove. 

GEMINI AND SAGITTARIUS These two are opposites 
in the zodiac and are attracted to each other like mag- 
nets. They'll especially enjoy each other's minds, for 
both have wide-ranging and varied interests. Sagittar- 
ius tends to be more intellectual, Gemini more social. 
Both are too restless and argumentative, and both need 
freedom. They may be disappointed sexually, since nei- 
ther is demonstrative — and Gemini is very quick to 
criticize. This affair probably began impulsively and 
will end the same way. 

GEMINI AND LIBRA These two air signs are well 
suited intellectually and every other way. They are 
stimulating companions who will enjoy a lighthearted, 
lovely affair. Neither is combative and they're likely to 
agree on everything. They are affectionate, fun-loving, 
and like social life, entertaining, and travel. Sexually 
both are fervent, neither is jealous or demanding, and 
Libra goes along with Gemini's taste for experiment. 
Their one problem is that they both love to spend 
money. Otherwise it's a perfect match. 

GEMINI AND CAPRICORN Gemini's freewheeling, 
anything-goes attitude meets opposition from conven- 
tional, steady, conservative Capricorn. Capricorn worries 
about security, while Gemini frets about losing its liberty. 
Order and routine keep Capricorn content, but drive 
Gemini to distraction. Gemini's need for a stimulating ex- 
istence does nothing to make Capricorn feel secure. And 
Capricorn's sober outlook puts a damper on Gemini's 
high spirits. This isn't an affair with high voltage — but 
Gemini can help develop Capricorn's sensual potential. 

GEMINI AND SCORPIO Gemini's imagination and 
Scorpio's dynamism would make a good combination 
if only these two were able to get along together. There 
is combustion in the bedroom, but they soon find out 
that sex isn't everything. Scorpio is sensual, passionate, 
demanding, jealous, inflexible. Gemini is fickle, flighty, 
superficial, lighthearted, changeable. Gemini is a social 
creature, Scorpio likes privacy. Scorpio's suspicious na- 
ture is in constant turmoil over Gemini's casual atti- 
tude about love. It won't be long before enough be- 
comes too much. 

GEMINI AND AQUARIUS Versatile Gemini and inno- 
vative Aquarius get along famously. They share a taste 
for novelty, travel, meeting new people. Because both 
are unpredictable, things can't always go smoothly. But 
love keeps getting better, for Aquarius adores Gemini's 
wit and good cheer. If Gemini is somewhat inconstant 
or unstable, Aquarius understands. If the affair should 
end, they'll still remain friends. In marriage, these two 
are affectionate, devoted companions more than pas- 
sionate lovers. 

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GEMINI AND PISCES The passion quotient is high, 
and so are the problems. Emotional Pisces is too easily 
hurt by thoughtless Gemini. Gemini is mischievous 
and playful, but Pisces is sensitive and takes things to 
heart. Each practices deception in his or her own way: 
Gemini dissembles, Pisces won't deal with reality. 

Gemini needs freedom and new vistas; Pisces needs 
unending adoration. Pisces just can't feel secure with 
gadabout Gemini, and tries to pull the net tighter. The 
claustrophobic atmosphere eventually makes it hard 
for Gemini to breathe. 



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The Amorous Nature 

You and Cancer Woman 

She may appear like the photograph of that dream girl 
most men carry around in a hidden locket of their minds. 
But lurking just below the surface of that shy, sweet image 
is a superbly sensual woman. There are secret emotional 
depths to her, and like the story of Sleeping Beauty and 
her Prince it takes love to awaken her eroticism. She is a 
highly sensual woman, and love unlocks the smoldering 
fire hidden by her diffident manner. 

Don't expect her to be forward, however, because she 
doesn't know how to be. You must pick up the subtle clue, 
the unspoken invitation. She may be trying to get in touch 
with you while your emotional phone is off the hook. If you 
miss that first chance, you're probably out of luck. Her feel- 
ings are too vulnerable for her to risk another overture. 

As with all the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), the 
quality of trust is very important to her in a relationship. 
The Cancer woman is very cautious about giving her heart 
away. The two things she needs more than anything else are 
love and security, and she offers undying loyalty to a man 
who makes her feel secure. She has eyes only for him, and 
she'll cling as tenaciously as if she had pincers instead of 
arms. A betrayal in love is devastating, and takes a long, long 
time for her to forgive. In truth, she never forgives — ra- 
tionally, yes, perhaps, but emotionally, never. 

On first meeting Cancer woman you will find that she can 
be flirtatious, although in true subtle Cancerian fashion her 

flirting is done in a quiet way. Hers is not a flamboyant per- 
sonality, but rather one of gentleness, depth, and richness. She 
is not only romantic, she's convinced that love, love, love is the 
secret of life. She wants to discover the secret with the man of 
her dreams. This sounds old-fashioned, but that's part of her 
charm: she is old-fashioned. It's a special quality that makes 
men feel protective toward her. 

A confirmed sentimentalist, she loves to collect memen- 
tos from the past and pore over them. She frames old photo- 
graphs, keeps old letters, stays in touch with old friends. She 
is devoted to her mate and to her family. 

Affectionate, romantic, feminine, sympathetic, imagi- 
native, and sweetly seductive, this quintessential woman 
can make home a place that a man never wants to leave. 

You and Cancer Man 

This sensual man doesn't come at you directly. He'd 
rather play the attentive courtier, the one who brings candy, 
flowers, and champagne and takes you to nice places. At 
most, he'll make an oblique suggestion that could as easily 
be taken for a mere risque quip. That's to leave himself an 
avenue of escape, for he can't stand rejection. 

He falls in love easily, for he is inclined to be a roman- 
tic daydreamer. His imagination becomes quickly engaged 
and anything will start him off: a wisp of a remembered 
fragrance, an almost-familiar face, the sound of a foghorn 
across the water. He begins to visualize scenes out of the 
past or to fantasize about the future. He can work up a 

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whole romantic scenario out of very little raw material. 
Unfortunately, this also applies when he becomes jealous. 
He must know that his chosen mate is faithful at all times. 
His own fidelity runs very deep, and he demands total 
fealty in return. Anything else is a threat to the stability 
that he prizes, the security that he needs. 

Cancer male is very affectionate, and he certainly does- 
n't insist on having a number of women around. ("If 
you've got one good woman, who needs two?" a Cancer 
male would ask.) Lovemaking is best for him when it hap- 
pens at the whim of the moment. 

He is intensely imaginative and expressive, with remark- 
able empathy and an instinctive understanding of the hu- 

man heart, especially of its pain. He can actually feel his way 
into your emotions and sense your problems. Loving and 
attentive, he is willing to go to any lengths to please the ob- 
ject of his desire. He has a gift to amuse and will spoil you 
outrageously if given half a chance. 

Above all, he wants the woman of his dreams to share 
his dreams with him. He is faithful and takes his role as a 
strong male protector very seriously. He is a very masculine 
man, not necessarily in an outer show of brawn and rugged- 
ness but in his inner strength of tenderness and sensitivity. If 
you're the kind of woman who likes being pampered and 
looked after — having a constant devoted companion — Can- 
cer is definitely your man. 


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How to Attract Cancer 

Cancerians are vulnerable — to praise as well as criticism. 
Let them know directly and forthrightly how much you 
admire them. Nothing will draw Cancerians out of their 
shells more readily than the warmth of approval. Pick out 
a quality that you can, in all sincerity, compliment them 
on. Do you like what he's wearing? Her smile? Their ability 
to listen attentively? (No one is better at this than Cancer.) 
Tell them so. Don't be insincere and single out some qual- 
ity merely for the sake of having something complimen- 
tary to say. Cancerians can always spot the difference be- 
tween the compliment that is sincere and the one meant 
only to cajole. 

Show Cancerians the softer side of your nature. Are 
you interested in charities? Talk about that. Or children? 
By all means. Or discuss a genuine personal problem that's 
troubling you. Then Cancerians will be able to show their 
best side: their empathy and ability to give constructive 

advice. Finances, politics, and sports are other areas that 
interest them greatly. 

For a date, get tickets to the theater or to some art or 
cultural event. Cancerians respond to romantic, strongly 
melodic music, and are inclined to enjoy concerts and 
opera. A nice touch would be to pick a restaurant where 
there are strolling musicians. 

Cancerians don't rush headlong into anything. They 
are essentially cautious, not to say skittish, about making a 
commitment. They try to avoid giving a definite yes or no. 
Tip: The longer they delay, the less likely that there will be 
a favorable outcome. 

A true Cancerian sooner or later finds some cause for 
feeling injured. Their amazing memory dwells on the past 
and constantly recalls old wounds. A Cancerian who for- 
gives and forgets is as rare as a vegetarian snake. 

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Cancer's Amorous Combinations 

CANCER AND ARIES These two may start out like a 
house on fire, but it won't take long for the fire to burn 
out. Aries's venturesome spirit and wandering eye en- 
flame Cancer's jealousy. And Cancer is too easily hurt 
by Aries's aggressiveness and sharp tongue. Cancer 
likes security and domesticity; Aries needs freedom to 
explore new worlds. Cancer wants to cherish and pro- 
tect a lover, an attitude that Aries finds too claustro- 
phobic. Both like money, but Aries wants to spend it 
and Cancer wants to keep it. Too many temperamental 
problems here. 

CANCER AND TAURUS Both need security and a 

sense of permanence, and both are loving, affectionate, 
and passionate as well. Cancer adds a dash of imagina- 
tion to Taurus's otherwise staid approach to sex. Tau- 
rus is possessive and that's just fine with clinging Can- 
cer. Both are acquisitive moneymakers, and together 
they enjoy the delights of hearth and home. Taurus 
likes being catered to, and Cancer is the one to do it. 
Steady-going Taurus is also good for Cancer's moodi- 
ness. What each needs the other supplies. 

CANCER AND GEMINI Gemini's sparkle immediately 
intrigues Cancer, but Cancer won't find security with 
fickle, fly-by-night Gemini. Basically, Cancer's nature is 
emotional and Gemini's is cerebral, and that makes it 
difficult for them to understand each other. Although 

sexual energies are well matched, Cancer will have a 
hard time adjusting to Gemini's playful, nonchalant at- 
titude toward love. Possessive Cancer will try to keep 
Gemini hemmed in, and Gemini can't abide that. It's a 
short countdown to the finish. 

CANCER AND CANCER They have a lot in common, 
and that's the trouble. They understand each other 
perfectly and can wound each other without even try- 
ing. Both are too sensitive, too demanding, too depend- 
ent. Cancers are obsessively concerned with their emo- 
tional psyches: Each needs an enormous amount of 
attention, coddling, and reassurance, and resents the 
other for not giving enough. On the plus side, they're 
sensual bedmates whose erotic imaginations are sparked 
by each other. But that's rarely enough. This treadmill 
goes nowhere. 

CANCER AND LEO Cancer has to get used to Leo's ex- 
troverted exuberance. Otherwise, generous, open- 
hearted, strong Leo is just what insecure Cancer is 
looking for. Cancer's marvelous intuitions tell it ex- 
actly how to handle proud and flamboyant Leo. Admi- 
ration and a lot of flattery are what are needed to keep 
Leo purring with contentment. Leo is domineering in 
the bedroom and a little too forthright sexually for 
Cancer. But Leo's sunny disposition is a wonderful an- 
tidote for Cancer's moodiness. 


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CANCER AND VIRGO Cancer's responses are emotive 
while Virgo's are analytical, but their personalities mesh 
so well that it doesn't seem to matter. Cancer may have 
to warm up Virgo a little, but there is fire under the ice. 
This can turn into a secure, comfortable, and affection- 
ate relationship. Cancer's struggle for financial security 
works perfectly with goal-oriented Virgo. Cancer un- 
derstands Virgo's fussy ways, and steady Virgo helps 
balance variable Cancer. Cancer's dependency neatly 
complements Virgo's need to protect, and each is anx- 
ious to please the other. Good auguries. 

CANCER AND LIBRA This pair operates on entirely 
different levels: Cancer wants love to be emotionally 
transcendent, Libra seeks perfect intellectual commun- 
ion. Libra has no sympathy for Cancer's moods, and 
Cancer is made insecure by Libra's detachment and 
shallow emotions. Cancer is too temperamental and 
possessive for airy Libra. They have a hard time estab- 
lishing real sexual rapport, and that exasperates Can- 
cer. They both love a beautiful home, but Libra also 
needs parties and people and outside pleasures. When 
Cancer turns critical, especially about Libra's extrava- 
gance, Libra starts looking elsewhere. 

CANCER AND SCORPIO Cancer's sensuality is ignited 
by Scorpio's dynamic passions, and because Cancer is 
loyal, Scorpio's jealousy isn't provoked. Cancer's pos- 
sessiveness will actually make Scorpio feel secure. Can- 
cer admires Scorpio's strength, while Scorpio finds a 
haven in Cancer's emotional commitment. Both are 
extremely intuitive and sense what will please the 
other. Together they can build a happy cocoon where 

they feel safe and loved. This relationship has great in- 
timacy, intensity, and depth. Things just get better all 
the time. 

CANCER AND SAGITTARIUS Outgoing Sagittarius 
can open intellectual vistas for imaginative Cancer, but 
unfortunately Sagittarius won't give Cancer the secu- 
rity in love that it always needs. Cancer's jealousy is 
aroused by Sagittarius's flighty, faithless ways; Sagittar- 
ius is bored by Cancer's dependency. Sagittarius likes to 
wander, while Cancer is a stay-at-home. Cancer's com- 
mitment to total togetherness only makes Sagittarius 
desperate to get away. In addition, outspoken Sagittar- 
ius's bluntness continually wounds sensitive Cancer. 
Better friends than lovers. 

CANCER AND CAPRICORN There's an initial sexual 
attraction because they are a polarity in the zodiac. If 
they can overcome their opposites in temperament, they 
can make a winning combination. But career-oriented 
Capricorn has too many other interests to give Cancer 
all the attention it needs. Cancer is shy and sensitive and 
needs affection, while Capricorn is brusque, aloof, and 
domineering. Cancer takes Capricorn's reserve as a per- 
sonal rebuff and becomes moody and critical. The dif- 
ferences may prove too great for long-term happiness. 

CANCER AND AQUARIUS Cancer's warm, responsive 
nature is chilled by Aquarius's cool self-possession. In 
turn, Cancer's clinging, cloying demonstrativeness 
makes Aquarius feel hemmed in. Aquarius is quick- 
minded, unpredictable, apt to be impatient with cau- 
tious, hesitant Cancer. And thin-skinned Cancer is 

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easily hurt by Aquarius's caustic humor. Cancer doesn't 
understand Aquarius's essential detachment. Cancer 
needs to feel close and secure; Aquarius is a lone 
wolf. Sex may be all right, but there's little else going 
for them. 

CANCER AND PISCES This is an affectionate, sensi- 
tive couple who will bolster each other's ego. Pisces is 
an imaginative dreamer, but Cancer is an imaginative 

worker — together they can make their dreams a real- 
ity. Pisces provides romance in Cancer's life, and 
Cancer is the all-protective lover Pisces needs. Both 
are emotional, intensely devoted, sensitive to each 
other's moods. They'll hit it off in the boudoir, for 
both are responsive sexually. Cancer has to take the 
lead, but Pisces is a very willing, erotic follower. A 
harmonious match. 


Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Leo Woman 

What she wants most is praise. A lover has to ignore 
her shortcomings (she doesn't really think she has any) 
and dwell on her virtues. In the same way applause makes 
the star of a play seem larger than life, the lavish admira- 
tion of a lover makes Leo woman feel plugged into a life- 
enhancing incandescence. If you hope to get anywhere 
with her, you had better begin by accepting her inalienable 
right to be marvelous. You may go on from there to a 
sounder, more realistic relationship, but that's the founda- 
tion stone on which to build. 

You would be wise not to let her know if you have an 
eye for other women. As far as she's concerned, she's a cos- 
mology of one. The mere suggestion that she's in competi- 
tion with other women turns her off completely. She's 
above that sort of rivalry, and is actually a little afraid of it. 
She can't be a loser — and one way to avoid being a loser is 
not to get into the race. 

However, she has to be free to rack up male conquests. 
You'll hardly ever see her without a man in tow, and often 
several. There is something about her flamboyance, her 
queenlike assurance, that dazzles and attracts. She wears 
men as other women wear jewelry — to embellish her im- 
age — and rarely lacks for admirers. 

Most descriptions of Leo woman make her sound 
hopelessly self- centered. It would be more accurate to say 

that she has an intense drive toward self-realization. Leo 
woman feels she was born to be someone special, and she 
must express this feeling. Happily, she finds enormous 
self-expression in love. 

A Leo woman in love gives her heart without reserva- 
tions. Her romantic nature is intense, vital, and uninhibited. 
She doesn't hold anything back, but by the same token she 
expects her chosen mate to be just as fervid as she is. Al- 
though Leo is a marvelously sensual creature, kinky varia- 
tions are not her game. She prefers to heighten and drama- 
tize the familiar by her passionate involvement. 

Leo woman thrives in marriage, but her partner may 
find living with her a bit overwhelming at times. It isn't 
easy being attendant to a queen, and Leo woman can be 
tyrannical. The worst scenario is when a Leo woman 
marries a man she can dominate completely. In this rela- 
tionship she may get total submission, but that is too lit- 
tle compensation for the full, deep, robust kind of love 
she needs. When she feels shortchanged in love, Leo 
woman will turn bitter and carping. 

On the other hand, with a genuine prince consort, a 
queen can bestow her truly royal gifts — and Leo female 
certainly has them to bestow. If you give her the affection 
and admiration that her nature requires, you will waken a 
tender passion in this extraordinary woman. And you will 
have a mate who is truly fit for a king. 

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You and Leo Man 

He falls in love readily, then finds it hard to sustain the 
emotion. For him, falling out of love is as simple as falling 
out of bed. 

Don't make the mistake of thinking Leo man is casual 
about love. He isn't; in fact, he sees love in practically 
mythic terms. To him, a love affair is never minor or mild 
or murky. It is high drama; it is a grand passion. No one 
else in the zodiac can more easily make you believe that 
you and he are the first, original, quintessential lovers in 
the world. The woman who wins his favor moves instantly 
to center stage. The spotlight is on her, she radiates in the 
bright circle of his admiration. It's a heady experience to 
have a Leo lover. Then suddenly the lights are turned off, 
the curtain falls, the play is over — and she doesn't know 
why. And he won't explain. Most likely, it's because Leo 
was in love with a mythical creature of his imagination — 
a beautiful adoring princess completely fulfilled by him. 
When the real woman supersedes the myth, Leo gets on 
his white horse and rides off. 

Leo man likes a woman to cater to his every whim. Yet 
he would be surprised to hear himself described as de- 
manding. He doesn't see himself that way at all. He thinks 

he is openhearted, trusting, asking nothing but what he is 
entitled to. If told that he sometimes asks too much of 
those close to him, he simply wouldn't understand how. Af- 
ter all, why should anyone refuse him? In pleasing him, they 
please themselves. A true democrat, he believes everyone is 
equal — equally ready to serve him. 

If this sounds like an overbearingly self-assured type 
riding for a fall, look a bit closer. Underneath Leo's surface 
majesty is a sensitive, vulnerable man who needs reassur- 
ance — and praise. Praise is as necessary to him as food 
and drink. 

In sexual relationships he won't voyage beyond the far- 
thest limits of the known to find a new continent of sen- 
suality. He's a cautious navigator who sticks close to 
charted waters. On the other hand, a woman will never 
end up with a sunken wreck. 

If you rub his mane the right way, Leo the Lion is a mar- 
velously affectionate, cheerful companion. He is kind, 
strong, generous, something of a spendthrift, but usually 
successful in business. A woman who gets this flamboyant, 
magnetic overachiever with the sunny disposition has only 
one problem. Somehow she has to teach him that the sole 
object of his adulation does not have to be himself. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

How to Attract Leo 

You can always win over anyone born under this sign if 
you show by your actions, your attention, and your un- 
ceasing compliments that you are completely and hope- 
lessly lost in admiration. If you really feel that way, you're 
in clover. If you don't, fake it. Leos won't suspect your sin- 
cerity because they think they're fully as wonderful as you 
tell them they are. Leos almost never think compliments 
go too far. 

There is another way to make an impression on Leo: be 
funny. They have a fine sense of humor and love to be en- 
tertained. (Didn't every monarch have a court jester?) 

You can't go wrong attending a cultural event, espe- 
cially a preview of some kind. Accompany Leo to a cock- 
tail party that marks the opening of a new art gallery, an 
advance movie screening, or a lecture by an author about 
his or her forthcoming book. 

Pet peeve for Leo men: Heavy makeup on women. 

Pet peeve for Leo women: A tightwad date. 

Bear in mind that both male and female Leos think the 
best is none too good for them. Leo travels first class. If 
you're trying to impress a Leo woman, take the rubber 
band off your bankroll, never wince at a restaurant check, 
get the best orchestra seats, and don't overlook the flowers, 
champagne, and telephone calls. 

If you're trying to impress a Leo male, get the best cut 
of steak from the butcher and don't spare the wine. If he 
brings a good bottle of wine (and he will), exclaim over 
the astute choice he made, then exclaim again over the 
wine's bouquet and taste. And then bring out your final 
surprise — that flaming dessert or special after-dinner 

Keep the ambiance posh. 

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Leo's Amorous Combinations 

LEO AND ARIES These two are the superstars of the 
zodiac. These well-matched partners get along mar- 
velously in the bedroom. They're an unbeatable com- 
bination for deriving sheer joy and excitement from 
sex. They also share the same likes and dislikes in other 
areas of life. However, they need all that rapport to 
overcome one big problem — the head-on collision of 
two super egos, each of whom wants to play the lead- 
ing role. They have to learn to share center stage. Oth- 
erwise, a glorious mating. 

LEO AND TAURUS Leo's sovereign right to rule runs 
smack up against Taurus's determination to have its 
own way. Both are fixed signs, so neither will give an 
inch. Leo merely becomes angrier and Taurus more 
obstinate. Thrifty Taurus is also appalled at Leo's care- 
less spending habits. Taurus is cautious and deliberate; 
Leo expansive and extravagant. Taurus stubbornly re- 
fuses to give Leo constant worship, and Leo is too self- 
centered to give Taurus the devotion it needs. Leo is 
much more exuberant than Taurus, both in and out of 
the bedroom. Too many personality conflicts here. 

LEO AND GEMINI They strike it off immediately be- 
cause they like so many of the same things — glam- 
orous social life, parties, theater, lots of friends. Lively, 
independent Gemini brings out Leo's joie de vivre. 
Their affair is a merry chase after variety and amuse- 
ment. Leo finds Gemini's imaginative sexual high jinks 

great fun, but Leo may also become jealous because of 
Gemini's lighthearted approach to love. Leo is more 
intense than airy Gemini. Life together will be stimu- 
lating and exasperating, but the outlook is good if 
Gemini can stay faithful. Otherwise — poof! 

LEO AND CANCER Both are romantics, though in dif- 
ferent ways: Leo wants a relationship to be glorious and 
exciting, Cancer wants it to be meaningful and fulfilling. 
Leo doesn't get as overwrought as Cancer, who takes 
things more seriously. Cancer needs security and tran- 
quility and is a stay-at-home. Leo is boisterous and a 
gadabout who loves to be on constant display. Cancer's 
dependency will please Leo provided a little adoration 
is thrown in. Leo is flamboyant in love, and Cancer is 
responsive, loyal, and intense; Leo likes that. Mixed 

LEO AND LEO When a king and queen are together, 
heads turn. This couple can have a royal mating — a 
grand passion conducted on a grand scale. Both are 
romantic, colorful, exuberant about life, and highly 
sexed. The main question is: Who's going to be in 
charge? It's difficult for one Leo to make room for an- 
other ego as large as its own, but that's exactly what's 
needed here. Each not only wants to sit on the throne, 
each wants to be the power behind it as well. Grand 
lovers and interesting rivals. 

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LEO AND VIRGO Leo is drawn to Virgo's intellectual- 
ism, but Virgo doesn't understand Leo's dramatic na- 
ture. Leo can't get from cool, reserved Virgo the sexual 
responsiveness it demands. Virgo is practical and pru- 
dent; Leo is extravagant and a spendthrift. Leo likes to 
live life in a really big way, but Virgo is conservative, 
frugal, and a nitpicker, which puts a damper on Leo's 
high spirits. Virgo won't be dominated either. Leo 
needs lots of flattery, but Virgo's tendency is to punc- 
ture inflated egos. Both of them should look elsewhere. 

LEO AND SAGITTARIUS Leo is enthralled by opti- 
mistic, extroverted Sagittarius, and fun-loving Sagittarius 
is enchanted with Leo's sunny openness to life. To- 
gether they share a liking for freedom, adventure, and 
meeting new people. Both are passionate and fiery sex- 
ual types, and if anyone can keep Sagittarius faithful 
it's Leo. Leo's natural quality of leadership brings out 
what loyalty Sagittarius can give. Leo is very proud, but 
self-confident and expansive Sagittarius is perfectly 
happy to let Leo strut. 

LEO AND LIBRA Leo's creative side meshes well with 
Libra's penchant for artistic and esthetic pursuits. Leo 
is more interested in the strictly physical side of love 
than Libra, but Leo's style and brio can win Libra over. 
Libra is indecisive and Leo will naturally take charge. 
The checkbook may not always balance because they're 
both extravagant and love a beautiful setting in which 
to shine. Each will also try to outdo the other in order 
to get attention. But in the bedroom, Leo is the mas- 
ter — and that's what Leo likes. 

LEO AND SCORPIO There's immediate sexual fascina- 
tion with each other. But Leo finds it hard to cope with 
Scorpio's jealousy and possessiveness. Intense, smolder- 
ing Scorpio is on a too-short fuse, while Leo is much 
more buoyant. Leo thinks Scorpio difficult and tem- 
peramental; Scorpio considers Leo pretentious and a 
showoff. Scorpio doesn't understand Leo's need to be 
continually surrounded by an admiring audience. 
Scorpio would rather dominate than admire, and that 
doesn't suit Leo's kingly state. Sex isn't everything. 

LEO AND CAPRICORN Leo's romantic, expansive na- 
ture is curbed by cautious, practical Capricorn. Merry 
Leo likes to kick up its heels, but Capricorn disap- 
proves of too much self-indulgence. Both are highly 
sexed, but with basic differences. Leo needs glamour in 
lovemaking and Capricorn can't supply it. Leo will 
think Capricorn stingy with affection because Capri- 
corn's reserved, undemonstrative nature cannot give 
Leo the adoration it needs. Neither will take a backseat 
or let the other dominate. This affair will be on the 
rocks before it even leaves the dock. 

LEO AND AQUARIUS There is initial physical attrac- 
tion between these two, but Aquarius's tendency to ana- 
lyze and criticize will shake Leo's confidence and deflate 
its ego. Leo views Aquarius's aloof emotions as a per- 
sonal rejection. Also, Aquarius's unconventional, experi- 
mental approach to love may prove upsetting to Leo, 
who doesn't like to wander too far afield. Both like so- 
cializing and meeting new people, but Leo always needs 
to perform on center stage, which makes Aquarius im- 
patient and irritable. Aquarius is too independent to 
become Leo's devoted subject. And that's where it ends. 

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LEO AND PISCES Leo is flamboyant, domineering; Pisces 
is unworldly and mystical. They intrigue each other be- 
cause they are so different, but the differences don't mesh 
well. Leo's active, outgoing nature doesn't harmonize with 
Pisces's dreamy introspection. Leo needs public acclaim, 

while Pisces prefers the sheltered life. Both are more in- 
clined to take than to give. Leo can't tolerate Pisces's ul- 
trasensitivity, nor Pisces's inclination toward exotic 
boudoir activity. Before long, the lion will start to roam. 

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The Amorous Nature 

You and Virgo Woman 

She keeps her passions on a tight rein, but underneath 
emotions are surging. Outwardly she may appear calm, 
sometimes even remote and unreachable, for the quintes- 
sential Virgo has a serene, almost classic repose. Yet hers is 
one of the most conflicted signs. 

Basically, Virgo woman distrusts and is a little afraid of 
emotion. To her it represents the unknown, turbulent sea 
on which she may be set adrift without map or compass or 
rudder. Because of this a man may wonder if she isn't a bit 
cold. She isn't. Virgo's enormous capacity for loving will 
pour out, as from a rich treasury, once her emotions are 
unlocked. Virgo is a much misunderstood sign, and Virgo 
women particularly are often characterized as timid, eva- 
sive, reserved. This is also untrue. What Virgo women do 
have is self-possession, a sense of passion that is controlled 
by discipline. 

Virgo is an earth sign, and like all the earth signs (Taurus, 
Virgo, Capricorn) she is an enigmatic combination of sensu- 
ality and conservatism. The Virgo woman likes men, but she 
is very careful about allowing herself to become too involved 
with them. Even if she's wildly attracted to you, she has an 
aloofness. Her eyes and body may say come close, but her 
manner puts up a shield. To begin with, she would never 
stoop to be obvious. She knows she's worth a man going to a 

lot of trouble for. Also, she fears being trapped into a long- 
term living arrangement with the wrong man. Before she 
marries or enters into a meaningful affair, she is careful to 
note where the exit doors are. For a Virgo woman, falling in 
love can take a long time. She moves forward step by step, re- 
vealing the layers of her deep sensitivity, learning to trust. 

She is discriminating. Rather than go out with a man 
who doesn't interest her, she'll stay home and read a good 
book. This does not mean (as some have tried to imply) 
that she thinks lovemaking is a poor substitute for a good 
book. It's just that she doesn't mind waiting for Mr. Right 
to come along. When he does he will find behind her cool 
facade a real woman waiting, warm and responsive. Mean- 
while, her off-putting manner has served a useful purpose. 
It kept Mr. Wrong from intruding where he was not 

The real clue to understanding Virgo woman's amorous 
nature is to remember that she believes in true love. When 
she truly loves, her inhibitions are never in control of her 
passions. She adores pleasing her man and can be extrava- 
gantly sensual, endlessly willing to experiment with tech- 
niques that heighten the ecstasy. However, this is not a 
woman you can take for granted. You must strive hard to 
win her, please her, fulfill her. If you can, you will have a 
partner who pays you back in lifelong dividends of love, 
loyalty, and happiness. 

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You and Virgo Man 

He gives an impression of being in firm control of his 
emotions, but this is often a disguise. The Virgo man is 
sensitive, receptive, sensuous, and cautious all at the same 
time. He will never sweep you into the bedroom and take 
you by force. For one thing, he has too much respect for a 

Because he does not find it easy to express his own 
deep feelings, he is often drawn to women who are effu- 
sive and vivacious. Yet he has a horror of getting em- 
broiled in tempestuous scenes and angry tantrums. Emo- 
tionality upsets him, but because he is both attracted to it 
and disturbed by it, his love life never runs as smoothly as 
he'd like. This man's love nature can be described as pri- 
vate. At times there is even a surface quality of untoucha- 
bility about him, but this is an expression of his self- 
containment. He has a keen sense of the dividing line be- 
tween your psyche and his. 

The woman a Virgo man ultimately chooses has to 
measure up to very high standards. What he particularly 
doesn't like in a woman is any suggestion of coarseness, 
cheapness, or loose and careless conduct. Fastidious is a 
good word for what he does like. 

While he doesn't find it easy to express himself directly 
about his emotional needs, he has a way of making his 
dissatisfactions known. He can be demanding. He can find 
fault. The woman who finds this annoying has one impor- 
tant consolation: His demands and his fault-finding are 
proof he cares about her. Otherwise, he wouldn't bother. 

To some women he may seem lacking in romance, at 
least in the cinematic tradition of moonlight, roses, and 
masked men riding into a cobbled courtyard. A woman 
will never look down from her balcony to find him 
strumming his guitar and singing romantic ballads. But 
in the cold light of dawn, in the real world we all inhabit, 
Virgo men have a lot more to offer than masked riders or 
lovesick troubadours. For one, a Virgo lover will still be 
there with the dawn's early light. He won't be riding off 
to sing ballads to someone else. 

Virgo dreams about changing his image. He would like 
to be a love-'em-and-leave-'em type, a Don Juan, a bon 
vivant. The woman who taps this secret Virgoan fantasy 
will reap the surprisingly rich and memorable rewards of 
his pent-up sensuality. It's all there under the surface, and 
it's the kind of sensuality that improves with time. As a 
lover, he is simple, direct, and for real. 

If you are looking for quality, not glitter, Virgo is your 

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How to Attract Virgo 

The rule to bear in mind is: Don't overpower. Underplay. 

Always try to be a good sport. If that drink you're invited 
for turns out to be at a health food store and consists of carrot 
and cucumber juice, smile and gulp it. Virgos are finicky eaters 
and careful about their health. With them, the laws of nutri- 
tion rate just behind the Ten Commandments. 

In addition to the old standby of discussing work- 
connected topics, another good conversational subject is pets. 
Virgos like the smaller variety, especially the exotic kind. 

Quickly establish your cultural credentials. Virgos are 
drawn to people whose intelligence or learning is superior 
to their own. 

Don't probe too closely into their personal affairs. They 
guard their private life. Avoid noisy places or entertain- 
ment that is vulgar or offensive. Virgos pride themselves 
on their good taste. 

Don't let Virgo's worrying upset you. People born under 
this sign are natural worriers. Will they be on time for the 
show? Will they catch the plane? Will it rain or snow? Will 
the mail arrive? The list of their worries is endless. It's no 
use pointing out that most of the things they worry about 
never actually happen. They'll go right on worrying any- 
way; it's their way of coping with what might go wrong. 

Both male and female Virgos appreciate gifts that are 
useful and practical. They are also great hobbyists and are 
sure to have at least one special interest. 

Very few special occasions with Virgo will occur on the 
spur of the moment — at least not if Virgo can help it. 
There will be careful planning; all the moves will be fig- 
ured out in advance. Virgo is marvelous at working behind 
the scenes to accomplish this. All you have to do is relax 
and enjoy it. 

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Virgo's Amorous Combinations 

VIRGO AND ARIES Virgo can be intrigued by Aries's 
audaciousness, but Virgo's prudent ways soon clash 
with Aries's colorful personality. They have difficulty 
communicating, because Virgo wants to talk and Aries 
wants to act. Their arguments will probably be more 
passionate than their lovemaking. Aries will think 
Virgo is inhibited; Virgo will consider Aries impulsive 
and wild. Aries likes a flamboyant social life; Virgo is 
happy with quiet, intellectual friends. Aries is also the 
type to bring out Virgo's worst habits of nitpicking and 
nagging. Exit romance. 

VIRGO AND TAURUS Virgo is analytical while Taurus 
is sensuous, but Taurus's strong passions can spark 
Virgo. If that happens, they make lovely love. Practical, 
down-to-earth, satisfied with the tried-and-true, these 
two have much in common. Both try to build for a se- 
cure future, both are homebodies, both share a fond- 
ness for money. Virgo's rational approach and Taurus's 
persistence are also a good moneymaking combination. 
Auguries couldn't be more promising. 

VIRGO AND GEMINI They are attracted to each other 
because of a mutual interest in intellectual ideas. Both 
have active minds, but the rapport ends there. Gemini's 
amorous nature is too impulsive and unstable to suit 
Virgo. Gemini dismisses Virgo as a stick-in-the-mud. 
Virgo considers Gemini irresponsible and adolescent. 

Gemini needs freedom to pursue its varied interests. 
Virgo resents this, and will nag and try to dominate. 
Gemini will soon stray to other lovers. 

VIRGO AND CANCER A stimulating affair, for they 
arouse each other's beneath-the-surface sensuality. 
Cancer isn't too forceful, which suits Virgo fine. And 
the little attentions won't be neglected, which suits 
Virgo even better. Cancer is affectionate and sentimen- 
tal and makes Virgo feel secure. This couple also likes 
money and domestic comfort, and Cancer's depend- 
ency fits perfectly with Virgo's protectiveness. On the 
downside, both tend to be overcritical. On the upside, 
each draws the other out of its shell. 

VIRGO AND LEO Highly physical Leo takes it as a per- 
sonal affront if Virgo doesn't match its leonine ardor. 
Virgo's passive and reserved nature frustrates Leo and 
leads to quarrels. Virgo isn't quick to hand out praise, 
and Leo lives on nothing but. Leo is a spendthrift, 
Virgo is careful with pennies. They're both very inde- 
pendent, but Leo exhibits this in a temperamental way, 
while Virgo is very private. Virgo simply will not be 
dominated by tyrannical Leo, and always has its guard 
up. This affair has a shorter life than a mayfly. 

VIRGO AND VIRGO All is smooth sailing as long as 
these perfectionists curb their instincts for finding 

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fault. Actually, they bring out the very best in each 
other. They are responsible, sensitive, intelligent, and 
take love seriously. They also share passions of the 
mind and will never bore each other. Both think that 
there are more important things in life than sex; they 
may end up just talking in bed. There will probably be 
a continual contest over who is leader, but they have 
too much else in common for that to matter. 

VIRGO AND LIBRA Libra is too frivolous and shallow 
for Virgo's taste. Libra enjoys spending money, going to 
parties, and being the center of attention. Virgo criti- 
cizes and makes Libra feel unloved. Libra may tap 
Virgo's hidden sensuality, but their personalities are al- 
together too different for real compatibility. Virgo 
will try to curb and dominate Libra's fickle and outer- 
directed nature. Virgo is reserved and practical, and 
Libra views this as a personal rebuff. Libra will soon 
drift away in search of more fun-loving companions. 

VIRGO AND SCORPIO Sensual Scorpio keeps trying to 
entice Virgo into ever-bolder sexual adventures. But 
Virgo is pleased because Scorpio is also possessive and 
fiercely loyal, which makes Virgo feel loved and pro- 
tected. They also admire each other's minds. Virgo is 
logical, intellectual, analytical. Scorpio is imaginative, 
visionary, and perceptive. Each sometimes has trouble 
expressing real feelings: Scorpio is volatile but secretive; 
Virgo is self-restrained and reserved. There may be 
some conflict about who runs things, but Virgo's will- 
ingness to compromise keeps Scorpio tractable. 

VIRGO AND SAGITTARIUS These two are like the 
grasshopper and the ant. Sagittarius's free spirit has 
nothing in common with hardworking Virgo. Sagittar- 
ius has a reckless gambler's spirit, while Virgo carefully 
builds for future security. Both are intellectual signs, 
but the way their minds work clashes with each other. 
Sagittarius is expansive and extravagant, while Virgo 
prefers a simple, ordered, and unpretentious life. Sagit- 
tarius considers Virgo's sexual attitudes rather prudish, 
and won't stay long in one bedroom anyway. 

VIRGO AND CAPRICORN A harmonious pairing. 
Capricorn's ambition and drive for success meshes well 
with Virgo's perfectionism and energy. Both are diligent, 
disciplined, and have a sense of purpose. They admire one 
another and take great pride in pleasing each other. Both 
need respect and approval (though neither will confess 
this), and each intuitively gives the other exactly that. Sex- 
ual compatibility becomes a mutual achievement; in love- 
making, though, Capricorn usually takes the lead. 

VIRGO AND AQUARIUS They are both rational and 
intellectual and tend to view love in the abstract, but 
the similarity ends there. Aquarius has venturesome 
ideas and thinks Virgo unresponsive or cold. Actually, 
each has a distant quality: Virgo is cautious about 
emotional giving; Aquarius's thoughts are in the far-off 
clouds. Aquarius is interested in other people, in 
causes, and in setting the world right. Virgo seeks per- 
sonal achievement and financial security. Aquarius is 
outgoing, inventive, a visionary. Virgo is reserved, pru- 
dent, and very practical about its ambitions. This cou- 
ple may not even make it as friends. 

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VIRGO AND PISCES To Virgo, love means security and 
mental compatibility. To Pisces, love is a sweeping, all- 
enveloping emotion. At first Virgo is powerfully at- 
tracted to Pisces, as opposites often are: sentimental, 
in-love-with-love Pisces is very intriguing to Virgo, and 

Pisces is fascinated by Virgo's incisive, analytical mind. 
However, disillusion quickly sets in. Pisces's extrava- 
gance, secretiveness, and dreaminess frustrate prag- 
matic, orderly Virgo. Also, Virgo isn't likely to adapt to 
some of Pisces's sexual preferences. 


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The Amorous Nature 

You and Libra Woman 

As a true child of Venus, Libra woman is in love with 
the idea of being loved. Expert in the art of enchanting 
men, she views seduction as an art form. She is, first and 
foremost, an actress, and her lovemaking is high drama, 
even though there is only an audience of one. 

She is the sole person on the stage. The spotlight is on 
her. In many ways the signs of Libra and Leo share this star 
quality. But Leo likes to star on a bare stage with no accom- 
paniment — and no distracting elements — whereas Libra is 
the prima ballerina who moves in a special and rarified 
nimbus of beauty she creates around her. To her the set- 
ting is important. Libra wants to be the brightest star in 
the heavens; Leo wants to be the Sun and fill the heavens 
with solitary splendor. 

The allure of Libra woman involves all the senses. She 
is a creative artist, knows about food and wine, has refined 
taste in dressing and decoration. She has a talent for bring- 
ing out beauty in life, and she also brings these esthetic 
skills to sexual relationships. She uses romantic touches 
(such as tucking little gifts and love notes in her man's 
pocket) to make a love affair glow. 

Sometimes, though, a Libran woman in love feels that 
the emotional demands of the role are too much and she 
needs a rest from her histrionics. This is because Libra is as 
lazy in love as in most other areas. Besides, once she has sat- 
isfied her primary need — to enchant and dazzle you — she 

begins losing interest. You must wait until she's ready to give 
her next performance and dazzle you again. 

To some people, the Libra woman appears to project a 
succession of images rather than an integrated personality. 
She deals in moods and nuances, and expects others to sense 
her desires without her having to declare them. She is always 
looking for a perfect companion to enhance her image, but 
that companion exists only in her mirror. 

A lover is expected to provide her with the proper set- 
ting in which she can glow and glitter. And she wants all 
the trappings of romance — flowers, champagne, surprise 
weekend getaways. That is why so many Libra women are 
attracted to older, richer men with experience in the art of 
pleasing a woman. In addition to affection, understanding, 
and sympathy, she wants a lover who will cater to her 
whims. She usually attracts such men and often marries 
more than once. 

In her youth her quest for love may lead her down differ- 
ent paths. In another era, she'd have fallen for the handsome 
cardp layer working on a riverboat out of Natchez. But as 
time goes on she becomes discriminating. The glamour of 
transient affairs fades and she is increasingly drawn to the 
luster of a permanent relationship. 

Most Libra women actually prefer romance to sex (the 
physical side of love strikes them as just a little sordid). A 
man who tries to appeal to this woman on a primitive 
level isn't going to get anywhere. She will leave him like a 
ship deserting a sinking rat. 

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When a love affair fades she tries to arrange an amica- 
ble parting. Even a discarded lover can remain an admirer, 
can't he? She doesn't like to lose any admirers. 

You and Libra Man 

Libra man is almost too popular with women because 
he has the rare ability to relate to them on what might be 
called a feminine level. He has great personal charm and 
elegance and a refined esthetic sense. He gets so much at- 
tention from the opposite sex that he's a little spoiled. If a 
woman doesn't catch his interest quickly, he moves to a 
more promising conquest. Practice has made him a suave 
lover. Roger Moore and Marcello Mastroianni are typical 
examples of the Libran male. 

Libra man spends an enormous amount of time and 
energy cultivating relationships. (Remember, Libra is the 
zodiacal sign of Partnerships.) He may claim that what he 
wants is a stable, long-term love affair, but if so he wants it 
to be the perfect love affair. He is an incorrigible idealist, 
always looking for the perfect mate, someone to appreciate 
and understand (even idolize) him. He also has an inclina- 
tion toward indecisiveness and tries to strike a balance be- 

tween what he knows is impossible for him to have and 
what he has. 

Libra male will go a long way out of his way to steer 
clear of upsetting influences. A woman will find it hard to 
pick a fight with him, for he never wants to give even the 
appearance of being unreasonable. In real life it takes 
only one to make a quarrel, and he'll do anything to avoid 
being the one. He'd rather call the whole thing off. 

Rarely does this happen, however. He is the diplomat 
of the zodiac, the one who is able to strike a perfect bal- 
ance between what he wants and what you want. 

Lovemaking is his favorite recreation. He enjoys it and 
is good at it. But he likes to be told how good he is, and 
told as often as possible. The Libran man is very respon- 
sive to admiration and flattery, and can be a most imagi- 
native lover. His intimate, intuitive knowledge of female 
anatomy and his active erotic imagination are a very at- 
tractive combination. If you want love to be a sensuous 
experience that transcends the merely physical, Libra man 
is what you are looking for. If you're looking for a cave- 
man, however, look elsewhere. 

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How to Attract Libra 

Librans are the jewels of the zodiac — the kind you see dis- 
played in Tiffany's windows, not on Woolworth's shelves. 
They exist to be admired. Their milieu is that of the social 
arts, the world of good manners and pleasantries. 

Don't fret about what topics to discuss. Librans have a 
great many interests — theater, antiques, decorating, art 
collecting — and are marvelous conversationalists. Of 
course, their favorite topic is themselves. You'll discover 
that even when they appear to be discussing something 
else, they're really talking about their own interests — in 
disguise. Pay the most generous compliment you can think 
of that has some grounding in truth and they'll be 
charmed by you. 

If this becomes a bit wearing for you, switch to some 
controversial problem currently in the news. Take a strong 
position without being challenging or disagreeable. Li- 
brans are always interested in both sides of a question, 
and if you express a strong opinion they will take pleasure 
in pointing out what's to be said for the other side. This 
won't lead to an argument or unpleasantness — Librans 
dread that — but might make for lively conversation. And if 

you tell Librans how smart they are and how much you've 
learned, you won't be making a mistake. 

Librans dote on luxury and often judge people by the 
kind of places they go to. They believe first-class people 
never go to second-class places — unless they're slumming. 
Atmosphere means a good deal, and the wrong kind of 
setting is psychically disturbing. They don't care how ex- 
pensive the right place is. Librans always think their pleas- 
ure is worth the price. 

If you're trying to please a Libran, show that you have 
taste. Don't dress sloppily. Librans like to be proud of 
their dates. If you invite a Libran to your house, be sure 
the ambiance is right. No noisy stereo, no garish lighting. 
Dinner had better be delicious (even if you order it sent 
up from an expensive restaurant) and served on your 
very best china and crystal — preferably by candlelight. 
Good music is always helpful. Librans respond to harmo- 
nious sounds. 

In general, don't hold back on anything. Go all out. 
Whatever may be said against too much, too soon, Librans 
believe that that's a lot better than too little, too late. 

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Libra's Amorous Combinations 

LIBRA AND ARIES While they're immediately attracted 
to each other, tensions also immediately arise. Libra 
looks for harmony and peace, while restless Aries ag- 
gressively seeks new challenges and new worlds to con- 
quer. Libra considers Aries rude and tactless; Aries 
thinks Libra hopelessly unwilling to face facts. Aries 
needs to feel independent but wants unquestioning fi- 
delity from its partner, and can't forgive Libra's indeci- 
siveness about making a commitment. Passionate Aries 
is also offended by Libra's shallow emotions. Physical 
rapport is wonderful for a while, but then what? 

LIBRA AND TAURUS This couple shares a love of mu- 
sic and art, but hasn't much else in common. Taurus is 
a homebody, which bores Libra, who likes to shine so- 
cially. Libra spends lots of money on luxuries; Taurus 
advocates financial caution. Libra dislikes Taurus's dic- 
tatorial ways and quickly loses patience with Taurus's 
stodgy attitudes. To boot, Taurus is jealous of Libra's 
romantic and fickle nature. They are sexually in tune, 
but when the song is ended the malady lingers on. 

LIBRA AND GEMINI Pleasure-loving Libra and high- 
spirited Gemini are an ideal mating. Both are curious, 
vivacious, and affectionate. For them, love is a carousel 
that never stops. True, the fun and games are more 
frolicsome than deeply passionate, but these two don't 

care as long as they're having fun. No jealousy or pos- 
sessiveness will spoil their good times. Both tend to be 
quite indecisive, so there will be lots of discussion but 
not a lot of action. However, both know how to use 
charm to get other people to do things for them. 

LIBRA AND CANCER Cancer might eventually under- 
stand Libra's romantic nature, but Cancer is too cautious 
to press indecisive Libra for the emotional response it 
needs. Disappointed at Libra's shallowness, Cancer turns 
sharply critical, and those crab-claws cut deep. Money- 
oriented Cancer is also annoyed by Libra's extravagance. 
Libra loves the glittering social life; Cancer is happiest in 
the warmth of its own home. Problems might be solved 
in time, but the wait usually isn't worth it. 

LIBRA AND LEO Libra's amorous playfulness blends 
marvelously with Leo's dash and energy. Leo's gener- 
ous, expansive sensuality really lights Libra's fire, and 
the thermometer moves up to torrid. Libra does have 
to approach Leo carefully on matters involving ego, 
but that won't be a problem for tactful Libra. In a real 
conflict, Libra knows how to yield gracefully. Together 
they share a love of luxury, going to parties, and creat- 
ing a beautiful home that serves as a stage set for these 
two stars. 

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LIBRA AND VIRGO Libra is too affectionate and frivo- 
lous for emotionally inhibited Virgo, who takes love very 
seriously. Virgo won't express flowery admiration, which 
is the stuff of life to Libra. Stay-at-home Virgo 
resents Libra's social-butterfly instincts and pursuit of 
pleasure. Libra's tastes are expensive. Virgo is careful, not 
to say miserly. Libra finds Virgo fussy, critical, com- 
pletely inflexible. Love will have a short season for 
these two. 

LIBRA AND LIBRA Equally demonstrative, lively, warm, 
sociable, in love with beautiful things, they enjoy pleas- 
ing each other in sexual ways. But with these two there's 
a great sense of playing at love. A problem is that nei- 
ther wants to face reality. Though they are charming, 
peace-loving, and adaptable, each needs a stronger bal- 
ance than the other can provide. Also, because they are 
so much alike, the specter of boredom lurks around the 
edges. But if both of them can find enough outside 
stimulation to whet their appetites, this can be an inter- 
esting liaison. 

LIBRA AND SAGITTARIUS Libra is stimulated by 
Sagittarius's eagerness for adventure, and Sagittarius is 
drawn to Libra's affectionate charm. Both are highly ro- 
mantic, though this quality is more dominant in Libra. 
Libra will want to settle down before flighty Sagittarius 
does, but they can work that out. Charming, clever Li- 
bra knows how to appeal to Sagittarius's intellectual 
side and easily keeps Sagittarius intrigued. This pairing 
should develop into a fun-filled, free, delightful rela- 

LIBRA AND CAPRICORN Libra is drawn to Capri- 
corn's strong sexuality, but that's as far as it goes. Libra 
needs flattery and attention, but Capricorn keeps its af- 
fections buried. Sentimental, in-love-with-love Libra 
won't get much understanding from realistic, material- 
istic Capricorn. And Libra's lazy, easygoing ways will of- 
fend Capricorn, who believes in hard work and achieve- 
ment at any price. Libra is fond of socializing and 
nightlife, while Capricorn tends to be a loner, comfort- 
able with only a chosen few. A short-lived romance. 

LIBRA AND SCORPIO At first, Scorpio's intensity in 
love flatters Libra, who is always looking for any new 
form of attention. But Scorpio is also touchy, moody, 
and quick to lash out in anger, which is just the kind of 
person Libra cannot bear. Possessive Scorpio tries to 
control a lover, but Libra has a need for diversion and 
won't stay in Scorpio's net. Libra's flirtatiousness and 
casual attitude toward sex infuriates sensual Scorpio. As 
Scorpio seethes and becomes steadily more jealous and 
demanding, Libra has either to submit or to leave. 

LIBRA AND AQUARIUS Libra's indolently sensual na- 
ture is stirred to life by Aquarius's bold and experimen- 
tal lovemaking. And these two have all the makings of a 
beautiful friendship: harmonious vibes in socializing, 
artistic interests, even an involvement in public affairs. 
These two will enjoy the friendship side of an affair as 
much as the romantic part. Indecisive Libra is delighted 
with the fact that quick-minded Aquarius likes to make 
decisions. With a satisfying love life and a mutual enjoy- 
ment of living, all signals are go. 

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LIBRA AND PISCES They start off fine, since both are 
sentimental and affectionate. In a way they are alike: 
Both want to impose their romantic visions on reality. 
But Pisces needs domination, reassurance, and constant 
attention, and Libra soon finds that cloying and restric- 

tive. Libra is gregarious and fun-loving. Pisces feels 
neglected, and whines and scolds. Pisces senses that Li- 
bra's commitment is often insincere and that Libra's 
charm is mostly superficial. Sexually, Libra has to take 
the lead and finds that most annoying. 


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The Amorous Nature 

You and Scorpio Woman 

Faint hearts never won a Scorpio female. It takes a man 
who knows exactly what he wants to hold his ground 
against a woman born under this sign. 

Scorpio woman is very emotional, very affectionate, 
and very demanding. She is not interested in a light flir- 
tation or a bed for the night. Neither does she believe in 
sharing. Any man who thinks it isn't necessary to sign a 
treaty just because he's having an affair with a woman 
would do well to avoid getting involved with a Scorpio 
female. She believes in treaties with irrevocable clauses 
and lots of fine print spelling out just what you can't do. 

How does she get away with being so possessive and 
jealous? Because she is a marvelous, fascinating, irresistible 
woman — exciting in the bedroom, entertaining in the liv- 
ing room. She carries with her an enticing air of mystery. 
She can drive a man to the brink of despair and with a 
gesture summon him back to the heights of happiness. 

There is no in-between with this explosive female. With 
any other woman of the zodiac, you can work out some sort 
of compromise about who has rights and who has suffered 
wrongs. Not with her. You have to knuckle under and make 
the best of your bargain, or settle for living in the middle of 
a permanent earthquake. 

Love is very important to her, and she can turn on 
enough magnetism to attract any man. If a man is really 

special, she is willing to play the role of aggressor. Her dy- 
namo starts to whir as soon as her remarkable intuitions 
tell her that this man is someone she'll be happy with. Her 
intuitions are rarely wrong. She is gifted with the ability to 
penetrate into hidden secrets of human nature. She can 
also see into a man's sex fantasies, and with her imagina- 
tive techniques keep him hooked. 

Scorpio is a water sign, and like all the water signs 
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) this woman is very susceptible to 
the feelings of others. Her most intense desire is for a 
close, committed union. In a relationship she cannot bear 
coldness or casualness or a feeling that she is being 
shunted aside. When she is in love she is at her most vul- 
nerable, for then a lover can hurt her without even know- 
ing it. Another woman might forgive and forget, but when 
Scorpio woman is hurt she will always strike back. If nec- 
essary, she will destroy. 

However, despite what you've heard about Scorpio's 
willful, passionate nature, she is a faithful mate to the man 
she chooses for her own. Hers is a fixed sign, and she pos- 
sesses an enduring capacity for loyalty. A man could not 
have a fiercer ally. If Scorpio woman loves you, she will de- 
fend and protect you with her dying breath. What she de- 
mands is constancy — what she offers is fidelity. She is pos- 
sessive, but most men with a Scorpio woman in their lives 
will tell you they want nothing more than to be possessed 
by her. 

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You and Scorpio Man 

Women sense in him a magnetic life force, and sexual- 
ity is only one part of this magnetism. He projects an aura 
of mystery and power, of a disturbing, unpredictable, 
thoroughly masculine presence. One reason Scorpio has 
such a bad press is that the flaws in his character show up 
more in his love life than in any other area. Nothing 
brings out the extremes to which his nature is subject as 
much as sex. 

He has so much energy and passion you'll have no 
trouble seducing him — if that's all you want. What is 
harder is to form a relationship with him. This is not be- 
cause he doesn't want a relationship, for it is, in fact, ex- 
actly what he does want. He is an intensely sensitive man 
who can be easily hurt and who often feels lonely and un- 
fulfilled. The problem is that jealousies and unexpressed 
angers are very difficult to live with. He has the most inde- 
fensible defenses in the zodiac. And the one thing he will 
never let you see is his vulnerable side. He will never allow 
a woman to dominate him. If he chooses, he can keep a 
woman dangling on his string as long as he wants her. 
When he cuts her loose, no matter how ruthless the part- 
ing may be, he'll be surprised if she shows any rancor. 
He's the only one who has a right to be vindictive. 

In matters of love he always knows the cost of what he 
wants to the last decimal point. If the cost is too high — 
emotionally, financially, or otherwise — he won't haggle. 
He'll simply walk away. 

The Scorpio man is secretive and hard to fathom, al- 
though he often appears likeable, affable, and easygoing. 
What you see on the surface is what he wants you to see. 
But even when he's being most amiable, and he can be, 
there's a simmering danger to this man. 

He is aware of how attractive he is to women and 
makes the most of it. In his approach to lovemaking he 
plans his moves carefully, not wasting time but never ap- 
pearing to be in haste. He is direct and forceful, and there 
aren't too many women around who can avoid responding 
to his uncomplicated physical passion. He brings out the 
full sensual potential in any woman with whom he's hav- 
ing an intimate relationship. One of the things that makes 
him really unique as a lover is that he truly understands a 
woman's needs and, if he is not threatened, will try to 
meet them. 

This vigorous, virile male can be a lot to handle, but 
Scorpio man makes a woman feel like she's the best female 
she can be. 

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How to Attract Scorpio 

Scorpios are noted for their unpredictability, but here are a 
few general rules that may serve as a guide. 

Listen to a Scorpio carefully with full attention. There's 
no way of faking it. Scorpios always know when you're 
pretending, and that will be the end before there's even a 

Remember an overriding Scorpio trait: curiosity. Never 
tell a Scorpio that something happened without including 
the how or why. If you leave that out, you'll be classified as 
either dull or superficial. Neither type gets far with persons 
born under this sign. 

They enjoy most forms of recreation, particularly water 
sports. If you're the type who likes a day at the beach or to be 
out on a fishing boat or to take a waterskiing lesson, you and 
Scorpio will have that much in common. Scorpios also enjoy 
parties, social affairs, charity bazaars, and places where 
they can associate with successful people. 

If you get into an argument (and you shouldn't with 
anyone born under this sign), please remember to be re- 
spectful. Scorpios are proud, serious, and don't believe that 
any of their opinions should be trifled with, even good- 

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Scorpio's Amorous Combinations 

SCORPIO AND ARIES The initial attraction is strong. 
Sexually, Aries is more imaginative and more willing to 
experiment, but Scorpio's smoldering desires prove a 
fair match. Trouble looms in other areas, though. Both 
are selfish and both want to make the decisions. There 
is a basic clash of wills because Aries wants to domi- 
nate and Scorpio wants to control. Scorpio's secretive 
and brooding nature frustrates open, impulsive Aries. 
Aries is freedom-loving, outgoing, and flirtatious, and 
this enrages possessive, jealous Scorpio. Temperamental 
differences undermine the sexual rapport. 

SCORPIO AND TAURUS Taurus has the stamina and 
the desire to satisfy Scorpio in the bedroom. But what 
will this passionate pair do with the other twenty-three 
and a half hours in the day? Both are very jealous and 
stubborn. The difference between these two is that Tau- 
rus wants to own a lover, like a valuable object, and 
Scorpio tries to possess in an emotional sense. Though 
they share an affinity for finances, Scorpio is thrifty and 
spurns laziness, whereas Taurus likes to spend on crea- 
ture comforts. Scorpio is willful, Taurus is obstinate, 
and both want to be the captain of what may turn out 
to be a sinking ship. 

SCORPIO AND GEMINI Scorpio is drawn to Gemini's 
vivacity, and Scorpio's complex personality fascinates 
curious Gemini. For a time Gemini is also intrigued by 

Scorpio's unceasing sexual demands. But Gemini is too 
changeable and inconstant for intense Scorpio, who 
needs and demands total commitment. Restless Gemini 
has a strong penchant for independence, while Scorpio 
wants to dominate and possess. Scorpio is basically a 
loner; Gemini likes to glitter in social settings. They'll 
have some lively frolics, but all too soon the fun palls — 
and Gemini starts looking for an exit. 

SCORPIO AND CANCER This can be a rewarding 
combination. Cancer is the passive partner, but there's 
plenty of combustible material to catch fire from Scor- 
pio's abundant passions. The heat in the bedroom will 
help cool off disputes that can arise between two jeal- 
ous people. Scorpio offers strength and protectiveness, 
which is just what clinging, insecure Cancer is looking 
for. In turn, Cancer is affectionate, generous, loving, 
and devoted — all that Scorpio wants. These two get 
along together like bread and jam. 

SCORPIO AND LEO Scorpio won't flatter Leo's ego or 
accept Leo's dominance. Scorpio seeks to plumb the 
erotic psyche of a lover, whereas Leo looks for a grand 
romance. Passions and tempers are equally strong on 
both sides. Fiery Leo is extravagant and likes to live on 
a majestic scale, but Scorpio disapproves of conspicu- 
ousness and waste. There's a great deal of physical at- 
traction between them, but both are on a very short 


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fuse. Scorpio's jealousy will probably provide the spark, 
and when the explosion comes, the sky's the limit! 

SCORPIO AND VIRGO Restrained Virgo has trouble 
keeping up with highly demonstrative Scorpio and 
doesn't understand what all the fuss and bother is 
about. But there's a marvelous meeting of minds and a 
fine mixing of personalities. Both are devoted to family 
and to financial security. Neither is flighty or superfi- 
cial; the deep feelings that each harbors lead to a strong 
commitment and loyalty. They have so much in com- 
mon that maybe Scorpio won't mind that Virgo's pas- 
sions are more intellectual than physical. 

SCORPIO AND LIBRA Scorpio's unpredictable nature 
immediately intrigues Libra, who enjoys collecting inter- 
esting people. Scorpio satisfies Libra's need for affection — 
and then some — and Scorpio's jealousy will flatter Li- 
bra. But Libra is an inconstant flirt, and Scorpio is 
supersensitive and touchy. Intense Scorpio takes love 
and commitment seriously; Libra wants a partner to 
enhance its own image. Libra's on-again-off-again atti- 
tude toward love will frustrate and upset Scorpio. This 
mating isn't likely to lead to anything permanent. 

SCORPIOANDSCORPIO Plenty of sexual attraction 
here, but the emotional temperature can't keep rising 
forever. These two people who are so much alike under- 
stand each other very little. They are highly jealous and 
demanding. They are so intense that every little storm 
quickly becomes a hurricane. Both are sulky, brooding, 
possessive. Both are in a continual struggle to force the 
other to relinquish control. Something has got to give, 
and when it does it's likely to spell The End. 

SCORPIO AND SAGITTARIUS Scorpio is tantalized by 
Sagittarius's freewheeling, uninhibited style. Scorpio will 
dominate but can't keep restless, flighty Sagittarius sub- 
missive for long. Sagittarius thinks the accent should be 
on fun and new adventure; Scorpio wants security and 
constant loving. Sagittarius is open, talkative, and casual 
about relationships; Scorpio is reticent, secretive, and 
very jealous in love. Scorpio wants Sagittarius at home, 
Sagittarius wants to roam. An affair without a future. 

SCORPIO AND CAPRICORN All of Scorpio's power- 
ful passions find a welcome here. Scorpio's volatile 
emotions tend to open up brooding, inner-directed 
Capricorn, and the zesty goings-on add savor to a 
warm emotional relationship. Capricorn even likes 
Scorpio's jealousy — for this makes Capricorn feel se- 
cure. These two share a sense of purpose: they are am- 
bitious, determined, and serious about responsibility, 
and as a team have good auguries for financial success. 
They should have clear sailing. 

SCORPIO AND AQUARIUS Scorpio makes heavy 
emotional demands, but to Aquarius even a love affair 
is simply another way to broaden its horizons. Scorpio 
can't tolerate Aquarius's independence within a rela- 
tionship or understand Aquarius's casual air toward 
love. Aquarius is altogether too impersonal and has too 
many outside interests to suit possessive, jealous Scor- 
pio. Scorpio will try to dominate and will be upset by 
Aquarius's unpredictable moods and love for freedom. 
Scorpio wants to stay at home; Aquarius wants to be 
free to go. And so on — to the finish. 

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SCORPIO AND PISCES Scorpio's strength is a perfect 
bulwark for Pisces's indecisiveness. In turn, Pisces's 
imagination sparks Scorpio's creativity. Pisces is able to 
give Scorpio the devotion and admiration it craves, 
and their mutual fascination with lovemaking provides 
a fine romantic aura. Pisces's flair for the bizarre adds 

spice to Scorpio's desires, and the intense emotional 
needs of both signs neatly complement each other. 
Pisces's intuitive awareness and Scorpio's depth of feel- 
ing unite in a special closeness. This kind of mating 

120 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Sagittarius Woman 

Like all fire sign women (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) she is 
at her most vibrant when she is in love. She is drawn to the 
excitement, passion, and sheer adventure of romance. Her 
attitude toward life is enthusiastic and positive, and being 
in love intensifies these glowing feelings. Where another 
woman might walk around in a dreamlike haze, a Sagittar- 
ius woman in love positively radiates happiness and energy. 

Sagittarius is also the sign of mental exploration. To 
her, love is not just passion but a challenge. This free spirit 
finds domesticity boring. She is the perfect playmate but 
only as long as she finds the game worth playing. She is 
not one to make the best of a bad bargain. If she is un- 
happy, she won't resign herself or compromise or try to 
work things out. She'll just walk out. 

She can't take love as seriously as other women do. It's 
part of life to her, not the end or the beginning. If she 
finds a man who's a real companion, who shares her pleas- 
ure in sports and the outdoor life, who likes to travel and 
hates to be tied down to any one place, then love is a won- 
derful extra added attraction. 

Her exploratory nature may lead her to have a number 
of early sex experiences, especially the kind that begin 
quickly in an exotic setting and have a passion-in-the- 
moment edge (for example, a tryst on a train speeding 
through Europe, wild sex with a new lover on a beach in 

She doesn't always perceive the consequences of ro- 
mantic entanglements. To her, life means moving forward 
into the future, and each new love is a learning experience. 
She doesn't take into account that when a romance is over 
it may leave behind a trail of wounded feelings. If an old 
lover harbors resentment, she is genuinely surprised. 

She likes men and enjoys the flirtations and maneuvers 
of a developing affair. In turn, men like her charming, easy- 
going manner and her acceptance of what the world is like. 
Other women may prefer the straight and narrow path, but 
Sagittarius can't help wandering over to the primrose path 
to pluck whatever blooms strike her fancy. When she does 
find her big romance, however, this is a woman who be- 
lieves in loyalty to her man. She is a romantic who will 
marry for love's sake rather than for money or social posi- 
tion. She wants a true soul-companion. 

A sense of humor is one of her nicest traits, and she is- 
n't interested in a man who lacks a sense of fun. She does- 
n't welcome tempestuous, heavy-breathing relationships 
that put her through an emotional wringer. What she 
looks for is a lover who can share her sense of adventure. 
She prefers men who are intellectually stimulating, well 
read, and well traveled. Sexually, she doesn't play control 
games. She wants sex to be truthful, genuine, very roman- 
tic, very impulsive. 

Basically, Sagittarius woman enjoys life and tries to 
make sure everyone around her enjoys it too. When this 
clever, amusing, optimistic, high-spirited woman finally 

The Sun Signs in Love • 121 

settles down with some lucky man, she'll be the most de- 
lightful companion he can hope to find. 

You and Sagittarius Man 

This charming lover can be a poor choice as a hus- 
band. The symbol of his sign is the Archer, and he is al- 
ways on the hunt. He likes nothing better than the chase. 
As the song has it, "When he's not near the girl he loves, 
he loves the girl he's near." 

He's perfectly sincere when he tells you he loves you. 
And he will be perfectly sincere when he tells someone 
else the same thing the next night. Whatever he believes at 
the moment is true. 

The Sagittarian male has a deserved reputation as the 
Don Juan of the zodiac. This is not because he has an insa- 
tiable sexual desire, but because love to him is an elusive 
adventure, an unexplored path. He is the archetypal foot- 
loose and fancy-free lover searching for his feminine ideal. 
Along the way he manages to garner more than his share 
of female admirers who can't help responding to his open, 
honest, cheerful, intelligent lovemaking. Sagittarius has a 
captivating sense of humor, and the woman he squires can 
count on good times. 

He's much more likely to ask you to an informal 
lunch at an outdoor cafe than to a grand dress-up din- 
ner. This isn't because he is reluctant to spend money but 
simply because he prefers the easygoing approach in all 
things. He hates whatever is artificial, pompous, or pre- 

If practice made perfect, he'd be the world's best lover. 
However, he doesn't consider love to be an experience 
anything like the novelists tell it. He is passionate but not 
intense: His great quality is enthusiasm, a sense of sheer 
enjoyment. What bothers him is that everyone else seems 
to take love so seriously. Why can't everyone be like him — 
relaxed, buoyant, undemanding? 

Very often he isn't interested in marriage or a long- 
term relationship. He wants to tarry for the fun and laugh- 
ter, and move on. Happiness for this man is not a fixed 
goal, it's a way of traveling. If you put enough happy days 
together, you end up with a happy life! 

If he's decided that you're his kind of woman, don't be 
coy. He doesn't regard a romantic fling as all that impor- 
tant, and he won't understand if you do. If casual amour 
isn't your style, then maybe Sagittarius isn't for you. 

122 • Sun Sign Astrology 

How to Attract Sagittarius 

You won't have trouble striking up a conversation. Sagit- 
tarians are interested in almost anything. When they've 
talked themselves out on their favorite subjects, they'll de- 
cide you're a fascinating conversationalist! 

Ask about their work, their friends, books they have 
read, and their reactions to a current news event. If you 
happen to like animals or outdoor sports, you are already 
halfway home with a Sagittarian. 

There is a fine line between taking an interest in their 
interests and prying. Don't overstep that boundary. Sagit- 
tarians are very wary of anyone who might be trying to 
corner them. If talking about generalities gives you the 
feeling that you're sliding rapidly over ice, don't worry. 
Matters will improve on better acquaintance. You may dis- 
cover, in fact, that your problem is trying to ignore the di- 

rect, sometimes overly frank inquiries that Sagittarians will 
make. When they get to know you, they like you to share 
confidences with them or ask for their advice. 

Sagittarians like outdoor dates: dancing under the 
stars, open-air concerts, picnics at the beach, skiing or sail- 
ing outings. They usually avoid large parties or too-close 
quarters because they cannot bear to be hedged in or con- 
fined. Never infringe on their freedom. Never let your 
emotional needs intrude on their private lives. And you'd 
be wise not to put too much stock in their promises. Their 
words are writ on water. 

Enjoy being with Sagittarius but don't think you've 
signed a lifelong contract, because Sagittarius doesn't 
think so. And don't look back with regret when it's over. 
Sagittarius won't. 

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Sagittarius's Amorous Combinations 

SAGITTARIUS AND ARIES Both share a similar ap- 
proach to sex (they make the most of every opportu- 
nity). Add to this a mutual love of the outdoors and a 
fondness for socializing, and you can see why they get 
along. They're also intellectually well suited: Both have 
a wide range of interests and love to talk about them. 
Sagittarius is more philosophical about problems than 
Aries, who becomes more personally involved. The one 
question mark is their combustible temper. Arguments 
are heated but short-lived, and the making up will be 
fun. A perfect match. 

SAGITTARIUS AND TAURUS Taurus wants to run 
things, but Sagittarius won't be controlled. Sagittarius 
needs change, variety, and adventure. That proves irri- 
tating to steady, disciplined, home-loving Taurus. Tau- 
rus approves of tried-and-true ways of doing things, 
but Sagittarius will try anything. Blunt Sagittarius will 
say what it thinks at the drop of a hat, and that brings 
Taurus's temper to a slow simmer. There are also 
money problems, since Sagittarius gambles today while 
Taurus hoards for tomorrow. A short future for this 

SAGITTARIUS AND GEMINI They're both restless, 
adventuresome, imaginative, and fun-loving. No other 
opposite signs in the zodiac enjoy each other more 
than these two. There'll be shooting stars in the bed- 

room for a while, but when the fireworks fizzle the 
bickering begins. Both have bright minds, but Sagittar- 
ius is outspoken and bossy, while Gemini likes to poke 
verbal fun. Too rootless and discontent to settle down, 
they eventually both succumb to the siren call of other 
interests, other loves. But parting should be amicable. 

SAGITTARIUS AND CANCER Cancer's sensuality and 
romantic imagination intrigues inquiring Sagittarius. 
But Sagittarius is both venturesome and cerebral while 
Cancer is cautious and emotional, and this pair will 
never understand each other. Sagittarius can't supply the 
security and stability Cancer needs or endure Cancer's 
moodiness and jealousy. Without even being aware of it, 
blunt Sagittarius wounds sensitive Cancer at every turn. 
When Sagittarius seeks outside stimulation away from 
home, Cancer nags and whines and tries to hold on 
tighter. They'd be better as friends. 

SAGITTARIUS AND LEO There are exciting times 
ahead for this ardent pair. Self-confident Leo holds the 
key to unlocking Sagittarius's deeper passions, and 
their love life is an adventure. They also enjoy travel, 
meeting new people, and each other's company. Leo 
loves freedom as much as Sagittarius, so there won't be 
problems with jealousy or possessiveness. Sagittarius 
has the lightness of touch necessary to cope with Leo's 
monumental ego. A grand mating. 

124 • Sun Sign Astrology 

SAGITTARIUS AND VIRGO Shy, reticent Virgo can't 
take the initiative, which makes Sagittarius think Virgo 
is prudish. Both have intellectual leanings, so they may 
end up having some interesting conversations in bed. 
Elsewhere, Virgo looks for order and simplicity whereas 
Sagittarius looks for excitement and new experiences. 
Virgo wants a long-term commitment; Sagittarius has 
to be free to roam. Sagittarius's slapdash ways irritate 
meticulous Virgo. When Virgo carps and criticizes this 
is sometimes a way of showing it cares, but Sagittarius 
will never understand that. Little bodes well in this 

SAGITTARIUS AND LIBRA Sagittarius is charmed by 
Libra's artistic, elegant, easygoing nature, and Libra is 
fascinated by Sagittarius's lust for adventure. Libra is 
more romantic than Sagittarius; otherwise the sexual 
harmony is delightful. Libra casts a tolerant eye on 
Sagittarius's frolicking, and may even slow down Sagit- 
tarius's pace, for Libra knows how to turn on sensual 
charm. Libra loves home and luxury, and Sagittarius 
prefers the outdoor life. But Librans are artists at work- 
ing out such problems. 

SAGITTARIUS AND SCORPIO Scorpio tries to clip 
Sagittarius's wings and keep it in a cage. Brooding, 
pent-up Scorpio just can't deal with open, ebullient, 
outspoken Sagittarius. Sagittarius's far-roaming interests 
constantly make Scorpio jealous. Romantically, this is a 
volatile combination. Sagittarius is playful about sex 
and finds Scorpio's intense, dominating passions too 
much to cope with. Soon Sagittarius's inclination is to 
fly. Sagittarius is also quick-tempered and cools 

quickly, while Scorpio's anger seethes until it erupts in 
fury. A temperamental, difficult union. 

believe the only fit mate for a Sagittarian is another 
Sagittarian. They do seem perfectly suited: two inde- 
pendent, freedom-loving roamers. But this exciting, 
chaotic, eventful relationship is too unpredictable to 
suit either of them. They have a tendency to bring out 
the worst in each other. Each remains uncommitted 
and has so many outside interests that this pair in- 
evitably drifts apart. But they'll be good sports when 
the fun is over. 

mands can't be satisfied by Sagittarius's flighty, light- 
hearted approach to love. Both have high aspirations in 
life, but their approaches are totally different. Capri- 
corn wants to climb to the top of the mountain; Sagit- 
tarius wants to fly over the top. Sagittarius's frank out- 
spoken nature is sure to rile Capricorn's sensibilities. 
Capricorn is restrictive, a loner, known for its dour 
outlook. Sagittarius is venturesome, sociable, and ex- 
pansive. Capricorn is cautious with money and con- 
cerned with appearances — and Sagittarius is neither. 
Both should look elsewhere. 

great zest for living and a forward-looking viewpoint. 
Neither will try to tie down the other. Both seek to ex- 
plore possibilities to the fullest, and they share an ide- 
alism about love and life. Aquarius is innovative. Sagit- 
tarius loves to experiment. There'll be imaginative fun 

The Sun Signs in Love • 125 

in the bedroom, and they'll probably find out things 
that would surprise even Masters and Johnson. They'll 
like each other too. True emotional intimacy may be 
slower to develop — but prospects are wonderful for 
the long haul. 

SAGITTARIUS AND PISCES Pisces is drawn to Sagit- 
tarius's life force, and Sagittarius is attracted to Pisces's 
spirituality. But Sagittarius needs a pal and Pisces 
needs a dream lover — and neither can help the other. 
Sagittarius's naturally buoyant spirits are anchored by 
Pisces's dependency and timidity. Highly emotional 
Pisces is looking for more than an occasional sex part- 
ner, and restless, freedom-loving Sagittarius is looking 
for nothing but. Bedroom high jinks keep things going 
for a while, but this affair slowly sinks into a quagmire. 

126 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Capricorn Woman 

Though she may not show it, this woman cares a great 
deal about love. Deep in her inner core, she is an extrava- 
gant romantic, but she is very private, restrained, and 
aloof. Some women are content to leave love to fate, but 
Capricorn woman takes a hand in determining her own 
fate. She is discriminating in her choice of men, the least 
likely of all the zodiacal signs to fall in love at first sight. 
She has no time to waste in silly flirtation; love is a serious 
matter to her. If a man doesn't measure up, she wants him 
out of her way. If a man does interest her, she will observe 
him from an emotional distance before moving closer. She 
takes the time to get to know him and considers carefully 
the consequences of her involvement. Like all earth signs 
(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), she has a deep-rooted sensual- 
ity that flowers only when she feels safe and secure. 

To Capricorn woman, happiness in love is crucial. She 
wants someone who will cherish and understand her, who 
will not rob her of her self-sufficiency or ask her to relin- 
quish control of her life and goals. But she is a realist and 
knows how hard he is to find. 

She will not put her neck into any man's yoke. A Capri- 
corn woman may appear shy or submissive, but she is like a 
rubber ball: You can push a dent into it, but the ball always 
springs back to its original shape. She is self-disciplined; 
she has a clear mind, a commonsense approach. She is a 
most womanly woman, a lady with "class." Typical exam- 

ples of Capricorn females are Marlene Dietrich, Maggie 
Smith, Ava Gardner, Faye Dunaway, Mary Tyler Moore — all 
intensely feminine, yet with a reserve of inner strength. 

If you have your mind set on winning a Capricorn 
beauty, you'd better prepare for a long siege. She is not 
easy to win. She expects to be pursued, wooed, and put 
into the mood. No Don Juan can leap into her bed and 
leap out again. If a man lets the issue of sex become a con- 
test of wills, he is a good bet to lose. In a head-to-head 
contest this woman could wear down a glacier. 

She sometimes becomes involved with men who are 
younger than she is. One reason is that she wants to domi- 
nate in the male-female relationship. On a date, she will 
often try to dictate the terms. She'll pick the restaurant 
and the kind of entertainment and arrange for tickets. If 
you begin living together, she will handle the division of 
household chores. 

Capricorn women are not particularly lucky in love. 
Perhaps they demand too much, perhaps they're too in- 
volved with a career to inspire the kind of love and devo- 
tion they want, or perhaps the men they choose tend to be 
too inexperienced or naive. Whatever the reason, it's too 
bad because Capricorn women, in addition to their sexual- 
ity, have many practical virtues. They are loyal, depend- 
able, excellent at handling money, canny about people. 
They are very helpful to a mate and will stand by him 
when the going is toughest. All a Capricorn woman asks in 
return is to share in the spoils when the battle is won. 

The Sun Signs in Love • 127 

Her passions run deep, and so does her impact. Long 
after transitory affairs have run their courses, this smol- 
dering siren will hold her place in a man's affections. 
Cherish her, honor her, love her, and respect her. She'll pay 
you back in the richest coin of the realm — the kind of lov- 
ing relationship that lasts. 

You and Capricorn Man 

Women are intrigued by his frank, earthy approach. To 
him, physical desire is a necessary part of love. He doesn't 
see how one can exist without the other. 

However, love relationships are not easy for him emo- 
tionally. There is always a certain loner quality about him. 
He has difficulty placing his trust in another human be- 
ing. To some extent he cuts himself off from spontaneous 
feeling. In his career Capricorn man has complete respon- 
sibility for decisions, and in relationships he finds it hard 
to share responsibility. 

Like his female counterpart, he has a very cool exterior. 
He appears totally self-assured, but he needs a woman to 
show how much she likes and admires him. Because he is 
private, even secretive, he doesn't always let this need be 
known — but it is there. Give his ego the encouragement it 
needs and he will tie himself to your strings for as long as 
you want him. He is a faithful lover who doesn't feel or 
even understand the need to stray. 

Contrary to popular opinion, there is a romantic streak 

to the Capricorn man. But his sense of discipline — or, 
more specifically, his need to make the very best choice for 
the future, not just for the present — is stronger. He will 
sacrifice romance and look for a woman who will be use- 
ful to his ambitions. Generally, Capricorn men marry ei- 
ther very early in life or in their later years. The ones who 
marry later are usually happier. By the time a Capricorn 
man is successful he has become more relaxed, less wary 
of love; it is no longer a burden to his climb up the ladder. 

Few women have reason to complain about a Capricorn 
lover. His charged passions are never far from the ignition 
point. He may not be the most imaginative or poetic partner, 
but he is lusty and skillful. His interest in the physical side of 
love never wanes. The older Capricorn male gets, the more 
attractive he becomes, and the more potent. When other 
men are resigned to their rocking chairs, Capricorn will still 
be inviting you into his bedroom. 

He prefers a comfortable setting. Others may like to 
make love on a bare floor or standing in a closet. Capri- 
corn likes a nice, spacious bed, dim lights, soft music, and, 
if possible, a chilled bottle of champagne close at hand. 

There is a sensual, poetic side to Capricorn, although it 
may take a while to reveal itself. This man will probably 
not send you flowers or love letters, but on your twenty- 
fifth wedding anniversary he may charter a plane to whisk 
the two of you to Paris so you can spend the evening 
dancing on the floodlit banks of the Seine. 

128 • Sun Sign Astrology 

How to Attract Capricorn 

If Capricorns appear aloof at first, it's because they are cal- 
culating the risks of a new friendship. 

They are quite willing to be your audience, so don't be 
afraid to take the initiative in conversation. A sure way to 
capture Capricorns' interest is to be amusing, for they are 
basically melancholy types who need an emotional lift. 

They often try to mask their feelings because they are 
afraid of exposing too much of themselves. Never mind 
that their fears are unfounded; this is how they feel. Even 
at their most open, Capricorns will be pretty hard to 

Capricorns are interested in art, music, and theater and 
are drawn to people who are intellectually stimulating. 
They prefer to talk of serious subjects. When they decide 

to state an opinion, listen as if you were hearing the Get- 
tysburg Address for the first time. And don't come up with 
radical or far-out opinions. They shun unconventionality. 

You can't go wrong getting a Capricorn something 
practical as a gift. Be sure it is of the best quality, not 
something gaudy or showy. Persons born under this sign 
appreciate luxury, but are far too aware of the value of a 
dollar to respect anyone who splurges merely to make an 
impression. Books are always a good item, especially biog- 
raphies, self-help books, and books dealing with invest- 

Tip: Always be on time. Time is money — and you 
know how Capricorns feel about that. 

The Sun Signs in Love • 129 

Capricorn's Amorous Combinations 

CAPRICORN AND ARIES They'll get along as lovers, 
but even in bed there'll be arguments about money, 
friends, socializing, and who's boss. A major difference 
is that Capricorn won't make a move unless sure of 
winning, whereas Aries is completely headstrong and 
impulsive. Arguments never fade away, for both are 
strong-willed and aggressive and need to dominate. 
Jealousy also raises its head as Aries's lively passions 
stray toward more fun-loving company. Temperamen- 
tally and emotionally, this mating is better suited to an 
arena than to hearth and home. 

CAPRICORN AND TAURUS Taurus admires Capri- 
corn's strength of purpose, and Capricorn is delighted 
with Taurus's affectionate stability. Taurus can get 
through to aloof, cautious Capricorn and give the en- 
couragement and responsiveness needed. Both have 
earthy, passionate natures, and sensual Taurus can tap 
the deep well of romanticism that lies under Capri- 
corn's reserve. Capricorn is loyal and Taurus is devoted, 
so jealousy is not a problem between these two. In ad- 
dition, both value money and security and are home- 
lovers. One union, strong and indivisible. 

CAPRICORN AND GEMINI Capricorn will have a 
hard time holding the reins on excitable, flirtatious, 
wayward Gemini. All of Capricorn's patience is needed 
to deal with a partner it considers to be capricious, ex- 

travagant, and scatterbrained. Capricorn prizes order 
and control, and approaches life in a practical, deter- 
mined manner. Gemini is disorganized, high-strung, 
and erratic. Also, Gemini's verbal quickness has a way 
of making Capricorn secretly feel inadequate. Neither 
is particularly sentimental, so whatever flamelets ignite 
at the beginning will quickly cool. 

CAPRICORN AND CANCER These two are sexually at- 
tracted to each other, but need all the harmony they find 
in the bedroom to offset the discordance they create 
everywhere else. Sensitive Cancer will resent Capricorn's 
domineering manner. Capricorn isn't willing to put up 
with Cancer's endless emotional demands. Cancer's need 
for warmth will be frustrated by Capricorn's aloof cool- 
ness. Both fear rejection, but Cancer's tendency is to 
withdraw and Capricorn's is to become tyrannical. These 
two are zodiac opposites with all that implies. 

CAPRICORN AND LEO Ordered, organized Capricorn 
neither understands nor approves of Leo's exuberant im- 
pulsiveness. Capricorn cannot stand Leo's habit of leap- 
ing first and looking afterward. Extroverted Leo will be 
impatient with Capricorn's secretive tendencies. Capri- 
corn is too reserved to give Leo the adoration it needs, 
and proud Leo will not give in to Capricorn's domineer- 
ing ways. Spendthrift Leo adores luxury, while Capricorn 
puts financial security above all. Also, they both want to 

130 • Sun Sign Astrology 

rule in the bedroom. This unpromising couple will find 
their way to a quick ending. 

CAPRICORN AND VIRGO Virgo's neat orderly mind 
meshes well with Capricorn's self-discipline and capac- 
ity for hard work. Both take pride in their home, enjoy 
having a few close friends rather than many acquain- 
tances, and admire each other's intellectual abilities. 
There's no reason this duo shouldn't click — except in 
the bedroom, where Virgo's reticence needs a stronger 
push than reserved Capricorn likes to give. Neither 
finds it easy to be spontaneously affectionate. However, 
this is the only minus entry on a balance sheet full of 

CAPRICORN AND LIBRA Capricorn is intrigued by 
magnetic Libra, and Libra is charmed by Capricorn's 
slowly revealed passions. But over the long term Libra 
needs more excitement, romance, and beauty than 
Capricorn can provide. Capricorn is not oriented to- 
ward social and artistic pursuits, which are Libra's fa- 
vorite activities. Capricorn prizes discipline and re- 
sponsibility, and finds Libra altogether too frivolous, 
vain, and self-centered. Libra turns restive and starts to 
look elsewhere. Throw in some Capricorn jealousy to 
keep the cauldron bubbling. A recipe for disaster. 

CAPRICORN AND SCORPIO Scorpio's powerful sen- 
suality kindles Capricorn's slumbering passions. Scor- 
pio is the more imaginative lover, but Capricorn's 
stamina is a delightful match. Scorpio's possessiveness 
spells security to Capricorn. These two work well as a 
team — Capricorn is highly organized and Scorpio has 

native shrewdness. Both prize discipline and accomplish- 
ment. Each is strong-willed, and sometimes Scorpio's 
renowned temper comes up against Capricorn's stub- 
bornness. Their battles will be royal, but so will their 


cheered by optimistic Sagittarius, and Sagittarius is in- 
trigued by Capricorn's depth and self-containment. All 
too soon, though, Capricorn becomes annoyed by 
Sagittarius's fickle attitude and total need for freedom 
without strings. Capricorn senses that it cannot count 
on Sagittarius's loyalty through thick and thin, and is 
frustrated by Sagittarius's nonchalance in love. Also, 
Sagittarius is impetuous and has free-and-easy spend- 
ing habits, while Capricorn is serious-minded and a 
stay-at-home. The ties that bind are soon cut. 

of people like themselves, so with these two there's no 
lack of mutual respect and regard. Both are cautious, 
reserved personalities who work hard and love to save 
money. But even compatibility can sometimes be dull. 
They're well matched sexually, but in other areas they 
encourage each other's tendencies to be gloomy and 
pessimistic. Neither one can relax or let down its hair. 
As partners they're okay, but not too much fun. Love 
travels an almost imperceptibly downhill road. 


Aquarius too unpredictable, and Aquarius's impersonal 
attitude makes Capricorn uneasy. Capricorn's conven- 
tional approach quickly irritates adventurous Aquarius. 

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Aquarius believes in self-expression; Capricorn believes 
in self-discipline. Aquarius is somewhat a rover, while 
Capricorn prefers home and hearth. Freedom-loving 
Aquarius won't stay bound for long to earnest, staid 
Capricorn. However, they should like each other, and 
love can turn into friendship. 

CAPRICORN AND PISCES Capricorn provides ballast 
for Pisces's drifting dreaminess and supplies the stability 
that Pisces needs and admires. And there's nothing 
Capricorn likes better than being admired. Capricorn 
is the boudoir captain, but Pisces is a willing crew. 
Pisces's taste for the bizarre may even influence Capri- 
corn's conventional passions. Pisces's generous affec- 
tions and Capricorn's strong sense of loyalty combine 
to make each feel safe and protected. These very differ- 
ent people meet each other's needs. 

132 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Aquarius Woman 

This charming, funny, brainy, tantalizing woman 
doesn't have to play games to fascinate a man. She plays 
herself. There is a special magnetism to Aquarius that 
some astrol-ogers have called distant glamour. Like all the 
air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), she lives in a world of 
ideas and possesses a certain detached quality. Curiously, 
this attracts men who want to stir her emotions. 

She is not aloof, cold, or removed from feeling, but 
warm, vibrant, friendly, and outgoing, concerned with 
others. She's a woman with a strong romantic streak. Ro- 
mance for Aquarius is an idea, an ideal, not a sweeping 
passion. In truth, she is wary of emotion, for it can be 
troublesome and tiresome. She is above that; she is able to 
deal rationally with life. 

Aquarius female is subject to no man's whim and fol- 
lows no dictates but her own. She was a liberated woman 
before anyone ever heard of the women's movement. This 
supremely independent woman cares little what the rest of 
the world thinks. She is definitely unpredictable. Part of 
her attitude is reflected in her imaginative approach to sex. 
Her boudoir behavior is usually innovative and creative; 
she seeks novelty and diversion more than heavy-breathing 

However unconventional her attitudes may be, and 
however flirtatious she may seem, a man will have to con- 
vince her that she's not simply his target for tonight. He 
cannot make the mistake of treating her as a sex object. 

She expects to be courted, and a man should not press 
matters to a conclusion until he knows more about her 
than her telephone number. Passion is not important to 
her; communication is. Aquarius sees a man as an individ- 
ual first and a bed partner second. 

In marriage or a serious relationship she often finds it 
hard to give of herself. She is an unconventional person 
who lives most intensely in her mind. She's too concerned 
with her projects, hobbies, interests, and friends, so her 
love tends to be diffuse. She has been accused of loving 
mankind rather than one particular man. 

Once her passions are aroused and directed toward a 
specific man, however, she is loyal and devoted. When 
Aquarius makes a promise she stands by her word. After 
all, that is what honor and idealism are about, and those 
are hallmarks of this sign. 

Some say Aquarian woman is the perfect mate because 
she is easy to deal with — tolerant, slow to take offense, never 
jealous or unreasonable, never overemotional or clinging. 
All she asks is for a man to respect her privacy and not 
stand in the way of her far-reaching interests. 

The quickest way to lose her is to try to hold her fast. 
What intrigues her is the hill beyond the unexplored hori- 
zon. She is never content to stay where she is. There's too 
much out there waiting to be discovered. A man has to 
share her love of a challenge or he will soon be left behind. 
She will move on without a backward glance, a grand ship 
sailing on without an inkling of the tragedy in her wake. 

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You and Aquarius Man 

His first contact with a woman has to be made 
through the mind. Before he can become physically stimu- 
lated, he must be intellectually stimulated. For Aquarius 
the meeting of minds always precedes the meeting of bod- 
ies. He wants to make love to somebody, not just any body. 

Give him half a chance and he'll fall in love. He thinks 
that that is a natural — and delightful — condition. But 
falling in love and loving mean two different things to this 
man, and the latter is likely to bring out his inner conflicts. 
One reason is that Aquarius tends to repress emotion. His 
is a cerebral sign, and he's somewhat unnerved and embar- 
rassed by emotion. Also, love represents a demand on him, 
and he has a fierce need for independence. In addition, lov- 
ing means making room for another person, and in com- 
mon with the other fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio), 
Aquarius does not adapt easily to others. Others have to 
adapt to him. 

He is very attractive to women, but he may not linger 
long in a liaison. To him, love passes like a train in the night 
and there is always another train coming along the track. 
Yet Aquarius isn't a Don Juan. He is remarkably true to his 
women — in his fashion. He doesn't try to keep many 
women on his string at one time. Rather, he believes in con- 
secutive monogamy. Even if he marries, he doesn't consider 
the bond to be forged in steel. Aquarius men are the most 
often married in the zodiac. 

The Aquarius man does not expect any woman to be 
easily won. His patience is proverbial and a woman may 
finally make the proposition herself. Then, surprisingly, 
she'll discover how intensely and passionately her Aquar- 
ius lover has wanted her. When a love affair is under way 
he makes up for lost time. A woman will find that making 
love with him is like living in the midst of a carnival — 
there's always a new exciting ride. 

Aquarius is the sign of truth, and this man doesn't lie 
or misrepresent himself. This is, of course, a winning 
quality — though in Aquarius's case it sometimes has unex- 
pected consequences. One young woman I know spotted 
this quality in her Aquarius lover. She compelled him at 
various times throughout the day to tell her how he felt 
about her at that exact moment: "To tell you the truth, 
right now I'm not as much in love with you as I was this 

In a love affair Aquarius is generous and tolerant, the 
kind who tries never to encroach on your rights or to 
give orders. A love relationship with him has many of 
the elements of friendship — intellectual interests and 
social compatibility. He won't be selfish or domineering 
either. He may be less than fiery, but he is a surprising, 
stimulating, broad-minded, and inventive lover. 

Don't fence him in. Once this man is in love with you 
he will stay pretty much in his pasture. But he must feel 
the escape routes are open. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

How to Attract Aquarius 

These highly social creatures make friends easily. They are 
amusing, interesting conversationalists who nonetheless 
prefer to discuss what is significant or important. Don't be 
surprised if they don't reach any conclusions, though. 
When you're dealing with eternal verities, it's hard to come 
to the point. 

Aquarians are usually courteous but elusive. There is 
no way to breach this demeanor, especially not with a di- 
rect attack. When faced with a head-on approach, Aquari- 
ans tend to retreat. 

It is easy to draw out their compassionate qualities. 
They are humanitarians whose interests stretch far beyond 
the horizon. They see the big picture, not its little flaws. 

They are interested in books, art, or scientific matters. 
Most Aquarians have an interest in science. They are also 
fascinated by hobbies and gadgets. If you can't share all 

their interests, at least try not to be jealous of the fact that 
Aquarians have so many. They can't help it; it's in their 

Aquarians are not steak-and-potatoes people; they pre- 
fer to try the little place that features Chinois cuisine — a 
combination of Chinese and continental cooking. Aquari- 
ans are always delighted with the different. 

Give them time to know you, trust you, and depend on 
you. Aquarians may take advice but are too smart to be 
fooled. They won't keep taking bad advice; they'll just 
avoid the adviser. 

Important: Never nag Aquarians about a mistake. They 
will acknowledge one readily enough, but then forget it. A 
mistake seems genuinely unimportant to them, and if you 
keep harping on it they'll just think you are strange. 

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Aquarius's Amorous Combinations 

AQUARIUS AND ARIES They'll enjoy plenty of fun 
and frolicking. Aquarius's imaginativeness meshes well 
with Aries's forcefulness. Sexually, Aries's passion in- 
spires Aquarius's originality. They won't try to tie each 
other down, for each understands the other's need for 
freedom, adventure, and outside interests. Neither likes 
to be dominated, however, and Aries must take the 
lead. If this problem can be worked out satisfactorily, 
the track is clear ahead as far as anyone can see. 

AQUARIUS AND TAURUS Aquarius's careless attitude 
toward love will baffle and finally enrage highly pas- 
sionate Taurus, who doesn't want someone just to play 
with. Taurus's possessiveness and jealousy make Aquar- 
ius anxious to pack a suitcase and go. Aquarius loves to 
wander anyway, while Taurus loves home. These two are 
stubborn in very different ways: Aquarius refuses to be 
conventional, while Taurus rigidly adheres to the values 
of family and security. Aquarius is interested in humane 
concerns; Taurus is single-minded about itself and its 
possessions. And so on and on and on. 

AQUARIUS AND GEMINI Gemini is willing to go along 
with Aquarius's taste for experiment. In addition, Aquar- 
ius calms down Gemini's flightiness and is a stabilizing 
influence. They enjoy each other's quick, intelligent 
minds and will have fascinating conversations about 
people, ideas, and places. Both desire harmony and com- 
panionship with not a lot of emotional Sturm und 

Drang. They love to socialize, they have a wide range of 
outside activities, and neither is particularly jealous or 
proprietary. They'll be fine bedmates and fascinating 

AQUARIUS AND CANCER Aquarius bristles at Can- 
cer's possessiveness and can't understand why Cancer 
won't hang loose. Aquarius is careless and free with af- 
fection, making sensitive Cancer feel neglected and re- 
jected. Aquarius hates Cancer's clinging restrictiveness 
and complaining, which stem from Cancer's constant 
need for proofs of love. Cancer wants a safe, secure 
home, but Aquarius needs a very flexible living 
arrangement. Cancer wants Aquarius to stay, but soon 
Aquarius is inclined to wander away. 

AQUARIUS AND LEO Leo is delighted by Aquarius's 
sexual inventiveness, and Aquarius is drawn to Leo's 
fire and robust zest for living. These two opposites in 
the zodiac start off on a high note, but then the notes 
go sour. Basically, Leo is physical and Aquarius is men- 
tal. Leo can't get the cooperation or the admiration it 
requires, and Aquarius resents Leo's attempt to rule. 
They have different views of independence: to Aquarius 
it means freedom to explore new horizons; to Leo it 
means pursuing a glamorous, extravagant lifestyle. 
Aquarius is interested in the world; Leo is strictly inter- 
ested in Leo. 

136 • Sun Sign Astrology 

AQUARIUS AND VIRGO Both are mental signs rather 
than emotional, but Virgo looks on the darker side of 
life while Aquarius is imaginative and optimistic. 
Aquarius needs activity, social events, a wide circle of 
acquaintances. Virgo enjoys a quiet existence with a 
few close friends. Their goals are very different: Aquar- 
ius wants to be as brilliant as possible; Virgo wants to 
be as efficient as possible. They're compatible intellec- 
tually but won't celebrate many anniversaries. 

AQUARIUS AND LIBRA Warm, sensual Libra joins with 
enthusiasm in Aquarius's erotic fun and games. Also, 
diplomatic Libra knows just how to get around Aquar- 
ius's quirky stubborn streak. They like the way each 
other's minds work and share interests in music, theater, 
and the arts. Both love parties and other people and 
have numerous projects in common. There won't be ar- 
guments about who leads and who follows because they 
are both great egalitarians. This should be a lovely affair, 
but for the long term someone will have to settle down. 

AQUARIUS AND SCORPIO Fueled by Scorpio's 
volatility and Aquarius's imaginativeness, sex is quite 
out of the ordinary. But Aquarius is turned off by Scor- 
pio's powerful and jealous passions, and Scorpio is up- 
set by Aquarius's unpredictable moods. Aquarius is 
looking for a companion in adventure, whereas Scor- 
pio wants a committed consort. Aquarius is aloof, un- 
emotional, and restless; Scorpio is demanding, critical, 
and intensely possessive. Aquarius starts looking for 
happiness outside the home and might as well keep 
right on traveling. 

AQUARIUS AND SAGITTARIUS These two are so in- 
novative about lovemaking that they ought to charge 
admission. In addition, they inspire each other intellec- 
tually, for Aquarius has far-out, inventive ideas and 
Sagittarius is optimistic and visionary. Aquarius can be 
dogmatic in its libertarian views, but that doesn't 
bother live-and-let-live Sagittarius. Both are highly so- 
cial, fun-loving creatures who like people, seeing new 
places, and whatever is unpredictable. The best part is 
that neither one is jealous when the other isn't home. 

strong sense of self, but Aquarius wants to be free and 
Capricorn wants to dominate. Aquarius has a great 
many opinions about everything and welcomes neither 
advice nor orders from rigid Capricorn. Aquarius is con- 
tinually on the go and likes to spend money. Capricorn 
considers that frivolous and tries to impose strict con- 
trols. Capricorn is cautious, solid, and straightforward, 
and doesn't understand Aquarius's adventurous ideas. 
A brief rapport at best before boredom sets in and 
damps the fire. 

AQUARIUS AND AQUARIUS They admire and like 
each other, and especially enjoy each other's sense of 
humor. Inventive, progressive, attracted to the new and 
unusual, they are sexually suited and share wide-ranging 
interests. Each is involved in all kinds of projects and 
friendships. With so many outside activities going, they 
are likely to be apart as much as they are together and 
that's fine with them. They haven't a thing to quarrel 
about since they agree on everything: Both of them are 
much more rational than emotional. Their love won't 
be as deep as a well, but it will draw water. 

The Sun Signs in Love • 137 

AQUARIUS AND PISCES Aquarius is intrigued by 
Pisces's romantic charm, and Pisces is drawn to Aquar- 
ius's visionary ideals. Sensual, imaginative Pisces will 
go along with anything Aquarius wants, and they 
achieve an unusual intimacy. However, things begin to 
go downhill as Pisces insists on more and more testa- 

ments of love. Dependent, indecisive Pisces needs 
someone strong to take control. Aquarius shuns any 
kind of emotional demands. When Aquarius feels 
hemmed in by that all-enveloping Piscean web, it will 
struggle free and go its own way. 


Sun Sign Astrology 


The Amorous Nature 

You and Pisces Woman 

Pisces woman is a fascinating mixture of earthly pas- 
sion and unworldly fantasies. It's no wonder that men are 
captivated by her at first glance and haunted by her forever 
after. They may try to recall what it is about her that's so 
enchanting, but they can't plumb the depths of her entic- 
ing allure. 

Her knack for getting around men is uncanny. She has 
an instinctive ability to make men feel masculine. Her gen- 
tleness and softness and innocence bring out their need to 
be strong and protective. 

Pisces lady doesn't pick her mate on the whim of the 
moment. Like all water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), she 
has a mysterious way of uncovering the secrets that lie be- 
neath a person's social mask, and her psychic vision sees 
through to real motives. Sensitive to the slightest nuance 
in what someone says or how someone behaves, she'll 
quickly beat her way to the exit if what she sees and hears 
isn't quite right. 

The lovers that Piscean woman chooses tend to fall 
into two extremes. Because she needs to be needed, she 
finds herself attracted to emotionally handicapped men 
whom she can mother and envelop with compassionate 
care. She also falls in love with the opposite kind of man — 
one who is strong, decisive, with a great sense of self, a 
man who will protect and cherish her, and give her the 
support and firm direction that she needs. 

To her love is the ballast, the center from which all else 
radiates. When she is happy in love, everything else in life 
seems marvelous. When she is miserable over a love affair, 
nothing else matters. Her greatest need is to lose herself in 
someone else, to unite in an almost mystical communion. 
She wants to enter into the psyche of her lover. 

More than any other woman in the zodiac, Pisces will 
change herself to fit the image that her partner wants. 
Hers is a mutable sign and she is completely adaptable. Yet 
this woman of a thousand faces remains uniquely herself: 
elusive, untouchable, mysterious. She has a fascination that 
no one quite understands. 

The Piscean woman's charms can be a little too other- 
worldly. Daydreams are her truest reality. One of the many 
things men find bewitching about her is that she can give 
full expression to her sexual fantasies. Pisces woman is ac- 
complished at all varieties of erotic play and can employ 
the skills of a courtesan to heighten the delight of her lover. 

Sometimes her abundantly affectionate nature goes 
over the brink into dependency. But her psychic intuition 
lets her know when she's reached the limits of a man's pa- 
tience. She can, if she wishes, take steps to win back a 
man's favor. Sometimes though, she becomes touchy and 
oversensitive at another's lack of understanding. What she 
needs most is patience and sympathy. She can't stand the 
least hint of rejection. When she's treated with care and af- 
fection, however, the sensual, ultrafeminine side of her na- 
ture comes shining through. She has the ability to blend a 

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grand romance, an intense sexual bonding, and profound 
spiritual communion all within the same relationship. 

The secret of pleasing this ethereal, unworldly, quick- 
silvery, sensitive woman is never to come up short on ro- 
mance. Romance is the breath of life to her. 

You and Pisces Man 

Pisces man has rare charisma. The secret of his ex- 
traordinary appeal to women is a deep and sensitive ap- 
preciation for their inner qualities. He always sees a 
woman at her best. Pisces male is a real charmer, the eter- 
nal romantic. 

All the water signs have the quality of emotional imag- 
ination. Cancer uses it to create a protective environment; 
Scorpio seeks to delve into the secrets of the human psy- 
che. Pisces tries to live in a world of dreams and romance. 
He lives for the whim of the moment, and while the mo- 
ment lasts he can make it seem enchanted, everything a 
woman ever dreamed of, champagne and caviar, moon- 
light and poetry and passion. Unfortunately, when the sun 
comes up the words don't quite rhyme and the cham- 
pagne is flat. In the cold light of day you may reflect on 
what a fool you were to have thought it could be other- 

Basically, he would like to find happiness with one 
woman, but the vagaries of his character and the constant 
appeal to him of change make that unlikely. He is unable 
to steer a steady course between his conflicting desires. He 

prefers clandestine meetings and secret affairs with high 
risk quotients. Married women are his natural prey. Pisces 
man falls in love easily, but his is the sign of self- undoing, 
and he has an instinct for choosing the wrong woman. His 
love life often tends to be chaotic and turbulent, and over 
his lifetime he may lose his heart many times to the wrong 
partner. Indeed, it's been said that in every woman's past 
there is a Pisces man. 

He is intensely emotional about making love because 
he considers it not a merely physical act but the culmina- 
tion of a romantic yearning. His bedroom behavior, like 
that of female Pisces, tends toward the offbeat. But he is 
tender and loving and considerate, and won't insist on 
having his way. He is a marvelously sensuous, understand- 
ing, innovative lover. 

As a husband, he probably won't be a good provider. 
His career problem is that he looks for the easy way — not 
realizing there is no easy way. But he won't neglect you 
and is generously willing to share what he has. This man is 
a giver in an emotional sense. He will do almost anything 
for someone he cares for. Once he commits himself to a 
woman, he will give unselfishly of his time, energy, sympa- 
thy, and concern. 

If you're looking for an attentive, romantic lover, a 
kind and compassionate man to fulfill your spiritual needs 
as well as your physical ones, Pisces male is for you. He 
may be a dreamer, but he can make the right woman's 
dreams come true. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

How to Attract Pisces 

You can always interest them in conversation about the 
world of entertainment, art, books, poetry, and dramatics. 
Another sure way to get their attention is to discuss any 
topic touching on the occult, mysticism, spiritualism, and 
the supernatural, particularly anything involving reincar- 
nation. Pisceans who don't actually believe in it (there 
aren't many) are fascinated by discussions about it. 

Tell them your problems. They're great listeners and 
their sympathy is mostly genuine. But avoid giving the ap- 
pearance of being overwhelmed by your problems. While 
Pisceans have an unusual compassion for losers, they pre- 
fer people who are strong and supportive, with definite 
goals and a positive approach to life. 

A good compromise tactic is to discuss your difficul- 
ties humorously. Pisceans like to laugh and will be im- 

pressed by your ability to smile your troubles away. 

Ask them about a subject they know well. (Tip: Pis- 
ceans are artistic, or at least have a real appreciation for 
the arts, so you can hardly go wrong moving in that direc- 
tion.) Pisces will soon open up. In fact, your problem may 
be getting back in control of the conversation. Pisceans 
love to expound and explain and expatiate. 

Always greet them with a compliment about their ap- 
pearance or social presence, or remember to repeat a flat- 
tering comment someone else made about them. Pisces 
soaks up flattery like the Sahara soaks up water. 

Above all, be sentimental. Remember each birthday 
and anniversary. Pisceans are grateful and they don't 
forget kindness or thoughtfulness. You'll be richly 

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Pisces's Amorous Combinations 

PISCES AND ARIES Sensual Pisces is drawn to Aries's 
dynamic passions, and Pisces's desire to shower affec- 
tion on a lover will flatter Aries. Pisces's imagination 
and mysterious allure bring out a new sensitivity and 
romanticism in this aggressive lover. Aries will handle 
decisions and fight battles for Pisces, which is just what 
Pisces is looking for. Headstrong Aries will dominate, 
but that doesn't necessarily displease Pisces, who likes 
to have someone to lean on. What may trouble Pisces 
more is Aries's tendency to criticize. Tact is needed to 
cement this otherwise sexy partnership. 

PISCES AND TAURUS Taurus is a strong, authoritative 
figure who can provide security and stability for vacil- 
lating Pisces. Also, Taurus's artistic bent enhances 
Pisces's creative imagination. Pisces will accentuate 
Taurus's taste for comfort, and together they'll furnish 
a luxurious setting for love. Both are highly passionate 
and sensual, although Pisces is volatile and more emo- 
tional than Taurus. While Taurus's possessiveness 
makes Pisces feel secure, Taurus is a bit too practical 
and down-to-earth to satisfy Pisces's romantic nature. 
If they work out this problem, all goes well. 

PISCES AND GEMINI Pisces is drawn by Gemini's wit 
and communicativeness, and Gemini is fascinated by 
Pisces's mystery. But this combination is as unstable as 
nitroglycerin — and likely to blow up. Pisces can't stand 

Gemini's fickleness and thoughtlessness. Gemini can't 
stand Pisces's emotionalism and dreaminess. Insecure 
Pisces is possessive and clinging, while Gemini wants to 
have fun and move on. In different ways, each is as 
shifting and changeable as the other. Pisces lacks direc- 
tion, while Gemini goes off in too many directions. 
Both need more dominant partners. 

PISCES AND CANCER Pisces enjoys Cancer's sexual 
demands, for Cancer is equally sensual. This romantic 
duo finds passion, sensitivity, and tenderness in each 
other. Pisces doesn't mind if Cancer makes most of the 
decisions; Cancer's concern for security and excellent 
money sense provide a very practical stability. These 
two are sentimental types who like to stick close to 
home. Loyal Cancer devotes itself exclusively to inse- 
cure Pisces, and, in turn, Pisces idolizes Cancer. A very 
compatible pair. 

PISCES AND LEO Pisces's tendency to think rather than 
act annoys Leo, who considers Pisces wishy-washy. These 
two are very unalike: Pisces is shy, introverted, and vul- 
nerable, while Leo is arrogant, brash, and domineering. 
Both behave emotionally, but Leo is given to tempera- 
mental outbursts while Pisces withdraws into private fan- 
tasy. Leo won't tolerate Pisces's sensitivity and dreami- 
ness. Highly social Leo needs lots of feedback, while 
Pisces demands exclusivity. Leo likes to roam; Pisces 

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doesn't. This combination is like fire and water — they 
won't mix. 

PISCES AND VIRGO Pisces's affectionate nature in- 
trigues Virgo at first, but these two personalities are 
just too opposite for any rapport. Virgo, being a mental 
sign, distrusts emotions, whereas Pisces runs its life 
emotionally rather than intellectually. Reserved, fault- 
finding Virgo won't satisfy sexually, and when Virgo's 
sexual rebuffs start, this awakens all the Piscean insecu- 
rities. Virgo also can't give Pisces the romance or ego- 
bolstering Pisces needs, and Pisces proves to be too un- 
stable for exacting Virgo. Virgo will resent Pisces's 
dependency. This soon becomes a toboggan to 

PISCES AND LIBRA These affectionate, creative, artis- 
tic people take to each other immediately. But Pisces is 
looking for emotional support and won't find that with 
Libra. Libra wants romance and harmony, but flees 
from the responsibility of any kind of demands or en- 
tanglements. They both like luxury and a lovely home, 
but Pisces is too lazy about making money and Libra is 
too extravagant about spending it. Libra has numerous 
outside interests and feels stifled by Pisces. Physical 
rapport isn't enough for the long term. But as long as it 
lasts, this is likely to be fun. 

PISCES AND SCORPIO Pisces finds its match here— 
and then some. Scorpio will provide a deep, exciting 
sexual union for Pisces, and gives Pisces valuable emo- 
tional support, strength and leadership. Scorpio's jeal- 

ousy and possessiveness won't bother Pisces — in fact, it 
makes Pisces feel loved. Pisces's dependency is just 
what Scorpio is looking for. These two share a special 
communion, much of it on a sensual, unspoken level. 
Both have intense feelings and are loyal, intuitive, and 
interested in the mystical and the unusual. An ideal 

PISCES AND SAGITTARIUS These two ignite in the 
bedroom, but the compatibility ends there. Pisces is an 
imaginative dreamer, not a doer, whereas Sagittarius 
thrives on constant activity. Independent Sagittarius is 
too much of a rover to satisfy Pisces's need for atten- 
tion and devotion. Sagittarius's sharp tongue will hurt 
Pisces's romantic sensibilities. Pisces wants to get close 
but is constantly confused and rebuffed by Sagittarius's 
struggle to free itself of the heavy emotional demands. 
Pisces is dependent and home-loving, but restless, ad- 
venturous Sagittarius won't stay home long. 

PISCES AND CAPRICORN These two very different 
people please each other. Capricorn's strong, dominant 
personality is just what Pisces needs. Pisces feels secure 
with practical, determined Capricorn, who can take 
charge and make decisions. In turn, Pisces brings a 
breath of romance and idealism to Capricorn's staid ap- 
proach to life, and Pisces's lavishness with praise and af- 
fection delights Capricorn. Capricorn does not easily 
verbalize its deep feelings, but Pisces intuitively recog- 
nizes Capricorn's loyalty and passion. Sex is fine, and 
their contrasting temperaments neatly complement each 

The Sun Signs in Love 


PISCES AND AQUARIUS Pisces's romantic eroticism 
inspires Aquarius to experiment in new areas. Sexually, 
this might be fun since they are both venturesome in 
entirely different ways. But Aquarius is detached, inter- 
ested in ideas and the world at large, while Pisces is in- 
terested in sensual fulfillment. Eventually, outgoing, so- 
cial-minded Aquarius will start looking around, and 
Pisces can't endure that. Independent Aquarius needs 
freedom and after a while resents Pisces's struggle to 
keep Aquarius caged at home. 

PISCES AND PISCES If all life's problems could be re- 
solved in the bedroom they'd be happy, but both need 
what the other does not have. Each is weak-willed and 
dependent and drains the other emotionally. Both have 
a tendency to sink into a mire of self-pity and negativ- 
ity, and they accentuate each other's confusion, self-in- 
dulgence, and muddled thinking. They find it hard to 
cope with practical realities, and there's no strong part- 
ner around to push either one in the right direction. 
This sexy affair has no place to go. 


Sun Sign Astrology 


From time to time when looking through astrology books or magazines you may have run across 
the terms decanate and cusp, but you probably don't have a clear idea of what these words mean. 
These are astrological terms that subdivide your Sun sign. The subdivisions further define and empha- 
size certain qualities and character traits pertaining to your Sun sign. 

Everyone is born within a particular decanate of a sign, and some people are also born on the cusp. In this 
chapter I hope to make clear the meaning of decanates and cusps in your life. 

What Is a Decanate? 

Each astrological sign is divided into three parts, and each part is called a decanate or a decan (the terms are used 

The word comes from the Greek word dekanoi, meaning "ten days apart." The Greeks took their word from 
the Egyptians, who divided their year into 360* days. The Egyptian year had twelve months of thirty days each, 
and each month was further divided into three sections of ten days each. It was these ten-day sections the 
Greeks called dekanoi. 

Astrology still divides the zodiac into decanates. There are twelve signs in the zodiac, and each sign is di- 
vided into three decanates. You might picture each decanate as a room. You were born in a certain sign, for ex- 
ample, Gemini, that consists of three rooms (decanates). Which room of Gemini were you born in? 

The zodiac is a 360-degree circle. Each decanate is ten degrees of that circle, or about ten days long, since the 

The Egyptians soon found out that a 360-day year was inaccurate, and so added on five extra days. These were feast days and holidays and not 
counted as real days. 


Sun moves through the zodiac at approximately the rate of one degree per day. (This is not exact because not all 
of our months contain thirty days.) 

The decanate of a sign does not change the basic characteristics of that sign, but it does refine and individu- 
alize the sign's general characteristics. For example, if you were born in the second decanate of Gemini, that 
does not change the fact that you are Geminian. It does indicate that you have somewhat different and special 
characteristics from those Geminians born in the first decanate or the third decanate. 

Each decanate has a constellation in the heavens that represents it. These constellations have special mystical 
meanings that also add to the unique quality of your decanate. 

Finally, each decanate has a specific planetary ruler, sometimes called a subruler because it does not usurp 
the overall rulership of the sign. The subruler can only enhance, or add to, the distinct characteristics of that de- 
canate. For example, the entire sign of Gemini is ruled by Mercury, but the second decanate of Gemini is sub- 
ruled by Venus. The influence of Venus, the subruler, combines with the overall authority of Mercury to make 
the second decanate of Gemini unlike any other in the zodiac. In the following guide, I have outlined the subtle 
differences and special characteristics of your own unique decanate. 


Sun Sign Astrology 


The Decanates of Aries 


Keyword: Inspiration 

Constellation: Andromeda, the Chained Woman. She was freed 
of her chains by Perseus, the Rescuer. The constellation sym- 
bolizes the power of love. 

Planetary subruler: Mars 

Mars is both your ruler and subruler, giving your personality ex- 
tra force and impact. You are a dominant person and can some- 
times be too aggressive. In an argument or clash of wills, you ride 
right over the opposition. You are impetuous and energetic and 
tend to throw yourself into activities with all your heart. A person 
of conviction, you will never take an action that you think is 
wrong. You are a clear, incisive thinker and can carry a plan to 
conclusion. Your best quality is your ability to inspire confidence 
in others. At times you tire yourself out because you don't know 
when to stop. You also tend to monopolize conversations. 


Keyword: Innovation 

Constellation: Cetus, the Whale or Sea Monster, tied to two 

fishes and led by a lamb. Cetus symbolizes energy harnessed 

to imagination and love. 
Planetary subruler: Sun 

The Sun in this decanate adds to the power of Aries's Mars, 
which gives your character dignity, pride, and vitality. You have 

an ardent and excitable love nature, and your sexual energy is 
high. The Sun here indicates a great fondness for change. You are 
never content to take things as they come. Because you are ambi- 
tious, you go out and try to put your mark on the world. Others 
tend to cluster around you, for you have joie de vivre and a mag- 
netic personality. More than the other two decanates of Aries, 
you seek pleasure out of life. You have a taste for the expensive 
and can be quite imperious if you don't get what you want. A lik- 
ing for too much good food is one of your downfalls. 


Keyword: Foresight 

Constellation: Cassiopeia, a beautiful queen seated on her 

throne who symbolizes good judgment. Down through the 

ages she has been a celestial guide to travelers. 
Planetary subruler: Jupiter 

The expansive qualities of Jupiter combine with Aries's Mars to give 
you a wide or lofty outlook, a love of ambitious ideas and of travel. 
You resent restriction of any kind and prize your personal freedom. 
For you, the perfect life is to be successful doing something creative, 
where you are in charge and call all the shots. Your sense of adven- 
ture often takes you far from home. You like to find out new infor- 
mation, to explore different fields of knowledge. The occult interests 
you. You are shrewd and clever in business matters and may possess 
an insight or sixth sense about other people. There is a warm- 
hearted geniality about you that allows you to make friends easily. 
At times you can be too extravagant with money. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 



The Decanates of Taurus 


Keyword: Acquisition 

Constellation: Triangulum, the Triangle, mystic symbol of truth 

and harmony. 
Planetary subruler: Venus 

Venus is both your ruler and subruler, and its gracious influence 
is prominent in your character. Though you have strong likes and 
dislikes, you are not abrasive about them. You have a charming 
social touch, and many friends are devoted to you. Your kind and 
sympathetic nature is easily imposed on. You have an artistic eye 
for beauty and design and may possess musical ability. Venus in 
this decanate indicates a love of beautiful possessions. Generally, 
your instinct for value is useful; in time many of your possessions 
should be worth more than you paid for them. Sometimes you 
are too acquisitive and materialistic. Your worst faults are your 
stubbornness and a refusal to venture out into new areas. 


Keyword: Evaluation 

Constellation: Eridanus, the River Po, a winding current that 

symbolizes justice. 
Planetary subruler: Mercury 

Mercury combines with Venus (Taurus's ruler) to give you an in- 
quisitive mind and a great talent for organization. You are con- 
servative in approach, but also possess intuitive powers that you 

should use more often. Because you are a determined worker, 
you inspire trust on the part of others. You have an instinct for 
cooperation, but you also need the independence to set your own 
pace, free from distractions. Your mental powers are very strong, 
and you can take complex ideas and make them understandable 
to others. Mercury here bestows an ability to speak and write ef- 
fectively, perhaps even eloquently. Sometimes you meddle too 
much into other people's affairs, and you have a tendency to for- 
get small details. 


Keyword: Determination 

Constellation: Perseus, the Rescuer, the hero with winged feet 
and a sword who slew the Gorgon Medusa. Perseus is sym- 
bolic of victory. 

Planetary subruler: Saturn 

The meditative qualities of Saturn combine with harmonious 
Venus to give you quiet determination and strength of charac- 
ter. People think of you as stable and reliable, for you are not 
easily deterred once you are set on a goal. You possess an active 
mind and are keenly observant. Usually you deal with problems 
by thoroughly analyzing them before you act. You are not 
wishy-washy about letting others know where you stand; you'd 
rather confront a difficulty than evade and worry about it. You 
have strong, deep feelings, and in romantic relationships are 
loyal and protective. A fault is that you tend to be too serious. 
Sometimes you are hurt by what others say because you take 
things too much to heart. 


Sun Sign Astrology 


The Decanates of Gemini 


Keyword: Ingenuity 

Constellation: Lepus, the Hare, who triumphs over enemies by 

outwitting them. 
Planetary subruler: Mercury 

Mercury is both your ruler and subruler, and your mental acu- 
men is sharp. You enjoy new ideas and look for chances to ex- 
press yourself. Your ability to speak or write influences the direc- 
tion of your life. You have a forceful personality because you are 
able to decide quickly and then act. Logic and rationality are two 
rules you live by; you try not to cloud issues by sentimentalizing 
them. This is not to say you don't have warm feelings. You have a 
unique capacity for forming close relationships, and if you love 
someone you tend to involve yourself completely in that person's 
affairs. Underneath you are a tense worrier who suffers and frets 
too much. You try to handle all details brilliantly, but often they 
overwhelm you. 


Keyword: Union 

Constellation: Orion, the Giant Hunter of magnificent strength 

and beauty. Orion was placed in the heavens to commemorate 

his great bravery. 
Planetary subruler: Venus 

Harmonious Venus combines with Gemini's Mercury to give you 
a deft social touch. People respond to your warm and effusive na- 

ture. The approval and esteem of others are important to you, 
and you tend to function best with people rather than as a loner. 
There is a sense of adventure in your outlook, and you enjoy 
travel because it exposes you to new experiences. Once you have 
made up your mind about a pursuit, you eagerly give it your best 
effort. Sharing is part of your life; you are generous with your 
time and friendship, and also with possessions. You have a great 
deal of sex appeal and are ardent in your expression of love. At 
times you can be argumentative because you are so fond of your 
own ideas. 


Keyword: Reason 

Constellation: Auriga, the Charioteer. He was the serpent-footed 
king who invented the four-wheeled chariot, which symbol- 
izes communication. 

Planetary subruler: Uranus 

Uranus, planet of knowledge, combines with Gemini's Mercury to 
give you clear and perceptive reasoning powers. You are known 
for your original point of view, and other people often seek your 
advice. You tend to be intellectual and approach life on a mental 
rather than an emotional basis. Though you have many friend- 
ships and love affairs, it is your mind that must be first engaged 
before your heart can follow. In your work you take the practical 
approach and disregard anything you cannot put to use. You are 
both witty and loquacious and are never reluctant to say what you 
think. At times you are too demanding and domineering, for you 
expect others to live up to your high standards. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 


The Decanates of Cancer 


Keyword: Receptiveness 

Constellation: Canis Minor, the Small Dog, who symbolizes 

Planetary subruler: Moon 

The Moon is both your ruler and subruler, and so you tend to be 
very receptive and sensitive to other people. You see deeply into 
human nature, and your insights and guidance are often sought 
after. You would make an excellent teacher or instructor. Ratio- 
nality is important to you. Even though you are an emotional 
person, you are able to sift through facts and arrive at a fair deci- 
sion. You have an excellent memory for feelings and impressions 
(both yours and those of others), but ordinary day-to-day details 
escape you. In relationships, you look for harmony and security. 
You dislike quarrels and dissension, and any kind of emotional 
disturbance leaves you depressed. At times you are too moody 
and pessimistic. 


Keyword: Intensity 

Constellation: Canis Major, the Great Dog, companion to the 

mighty hunter Orion. He symbolizes triumph. 
Planetary subruler: Pluto 

interested in things unseen. People are drawn to your sensitivity 
and often tell you their secrets. Your intellectual talents are formi- 
dable even though your strong feelings predominate when mak- 
ing decisions. Both curious and intuitive, you are able to gather 
facts and information from all sources and use them for your 
benefit. In work you are disciplined and practical; in relationships 
you are the opposite — sentimental, emotional, and often posses- 
sive. You have a tendency to become too fixed and rigid once 
you've set your mind. 


Keyword: Empathy 

Constellation: Argo Navis, the magical ship of adventure that 
symbolizes strength of mind. Placed in the heavens by Posei- 
don to be a guide to travelers on the southern seas. 

Planetary subruler: Neptune 

Pluto is the planet of depth and intensity, and combines with 
your Cancer Moon to give you a forceful yet thoughtful personal- 
ity. Of the three Cancer decanates, yours is the most mystical and 

The spiritual planet Neptune is your subruler, which joins forces 
with the Cancerian Moon to accentuate an impressionable and 
romantic nature. You may be very artistic, and you try to create 
beauty and harmony around you. Your adaptability to different 
kinds of people is one of your secrets of success. Many of you are 
destined for some kind of public life. You have an ability to touch 
people's feelings and to form close ties. In love you have deep 
emotions. You are loyal and protective toward your family and 
mate, and you believe only the best about them. Cautious and 
conservative are the words that best describe your approach to 
problems. Even in the midst of crisis, you look for balance. Often 
you are prone toward discontent and dissatisfaction. 

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The Decanates of Leo 


Keyword: Self-expression 

Constellation: Ursa Minor, the Small Bear. This is the constella- 
tion of the Little Dipper. The Small Bear symbolizes goals and 
true direction. 

Planetary subruler: Sun 

The Sun is both your ruler and subruler, and you are doubly un- 
der its beneficent influence. You enjoy being in the spotlight and 
may be known as a colorful personality. You have an artistic flair. 
You also have a knack for drawing attention because of the way 
you speak and present yourself. The role of a leader comes easily, 
for you are able to excite and stimulate others. In general, you 
don't keep your feelings to yourself. When you are happy the 
world knows about it. When you are melancholy you are usually 
vocal in expressing your moods. You are impulsive in love and 
tend to follow the dictates of your heart without thinking. At 
times, you can be very stubborn about wanting your own way. 


Keyword: Expansion 

Constellation: Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This is the constella- 
tion of the Big Dipper. The Great Bear symbolizes wisdom. 
Planetary subruler: Jupiter 

The expansive planet Jupiter co-rules your decanate with Leo's 
Sun, accenting intellectual and visionary qualities. You have a 

very proud nature and a quick temper. Your ability to dissect 
problems and see immediately what needs to be done gives you 
an authority that others respond to. Though you are jovial and 
good-humored, it's hard for you to laugh at yourself. You are am- 
bitious, but not just for money; what you want is to know more, 
to gain in intelligence. While you can do manual labor, you much 
prefer mental pursuits. Sometimes you are thought of as being 
brash and overconfident, but this is simply a genuine expression 
of your enthusiasm and willingness to try. 


Keyword: Creativity 

Constellation: Hydra, the water-serpent, who symbolizes ac- 
tivism and mental energy. 
Planetary subruler: Mars 

The aggressive planet Mars combines with Leo's Sun to underline 
your impetuousness and willpower. You plunge into new projects 
with verve, but you want tangible results for your efforts. Day-to- 
day routine quickly bores you; you need fresh ideas, new stimula- 
tion, and challenge to keep you at your best. Your life is often 
marked by furious bursts of energy, followed by periods of com- 
plete lethargy. In personal relationships, people are never in 
doubt about where they stand with you. Love may be trouble- 
some because you want it to be perfect and you can be too de- 
manding of a lover. You find waiting very difficult. Since you are 
outspoken, you dislike secretive people. Sometimes you have a 
reputation for being temperamental. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 



The Decanates of Virgo 


Keyword: Analysis 

Constellation: Crater, the Cup, the goblet of Apollo. The Cup 

symbolizes emotional giving. 
Planetary subruler: Mercury 

Mercury, planet of the mind, is both your ruler and subruler, giv- 
ing you a formidable intellect. You approach problems rationally; 
you want to find out the reason things happen, and then apply 
your knowledge to working out a better system. Often your in- 
sights are thought of as prophetic, but they are the result of keen 
observation. You have a warm and witty personality that draws 
friends and admirers. However, your standards are high and you 
expect intelligence and decorum in the people you associate 
with. In love you are romantic and devoted and have great sensi- 
tivity toward a lover. There is much nervous energy churning be- 
neath your surface. You tend to worry secretly and to fuss over 
small problems. 


Keyword: Efficiency 

Constellation: Hercules, the strong and virtuous hero who tri- 
umphs over evil. 
Planetary subruler: Saturn 

Saturn, planet of determination, combines with Virgo's Mercury 
to give special force to your personality. You are concerned with 

details and want to plot your moves in advance so there won't be 
any mistakes. Though you are versatile and adaptable, most peo- 
ple think of you as persistent and tenacious. Your fixity of pur- 
pose is simply that you demand perfection of yourself and try to 
give your best performance. In truth you are too exacting and 
suffer needlessly when you don't live up to your expectations. 
When you are in love you have a gentle and sympathetic nature, 
and you do all in your power to please. You are easy to live with 
as long as no one arouses your strong stubborn streak. 


Keyword: Discrimination 

Constellation: Bootes, the Bear Driver, the ancient herdsman 

who every day chased the Great Bear around the North Pole. 

Bootes symbolizes the utilization of knowledge. 
Planetary subruler: Venus 

The gregarious and social qualities of Venus combine with 
Virgo's Mercury to signify a winning way with people. What mo- 
tivates you is a desire for approval. You have a special talent for 
using words and can write and speak charmingly. An artistic flair 
and use of color is usually present in your surroundings or dress. 
You possess a sense of style and project a strong personal image. 
Poise and confidence are assets in your work or career, and you 
are known for your tact and diplomacy. Since you are unhappy 
living under restrictions, you are drawn to creative pursuits 
where you are free to be your own master. In love you are warm- 
hearted and generous, though you demand a lot of attention in 

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The Decanates of Libra 


Keyword: Magnetism 

Constellation: Corvus, the Crow, symbolizing idealism and a 

sense of duty. 
Planetary subruler: Venus 

Venus is both your ruler and subruler, which intensifies your Li- 
bran love for beauty, pleasure, and luxury. You tend to have extrav- 
agant tastes and often have trouble holding on to money. Blessed 
with great social charm, you strive to make an impact. To a large 
extent, the way you feel about yourself is determined by how much 
love you receive from others, and in general you try to achieve your 
goals through other people. Sometimes you cover up a lack of self- 
confidence by being the aggressor or the one who initiates projects. 
You have a creative nature that welcomes new ideas, and you are 
fond of travel. In love you are romantic and impulsive, but you 
have a tendency to choose lovers who take more than they give. 


Keyword: Endurance 

Constellation: Centaurus, the Centaur, the magical half man, 

half horse that symbolizes duality in human beings. 
Planetary subruler: Uranus 

Uranus, planet of the intellect, rules your decanate, giving power to 
the romantic qualities of Libra's Venus. Often people are surprised 
at the sharpness of your mind, since your personality tends to be 

serene and charming. The Scales (Libra's symbol) also represent a 
duality that often makes you feel like two different people. There is 
a radiance to you, an artistic and original style, matched with a de- 
termination to accomplish what you set out to do. You are an inde- 
pendent person, yet you need companionship and love. Endurance 
and conservatism are hidden in your depths. You are at your best 
in social situations; this is where you come to life and shine. 


Keyword: Order 

Constellation: Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, the bridal 
crown of Ariadne. Christian astronomers called it the Crown 
of Thorns. Corona Borealis symbolizes achievement. 

Planetary subruler: Mercury 

The energy and quickness of Mercury join with Libra's Venus to 
give you an attention-getting personality. You have both vitality 
and likeableness, a combination that indicates success working 
with the public. Your mind is forceful, curious, open to new 
ideas. In general, you tend to follow your head rather than your 
heart. You enjoy sifting through information and making a rea- 
sonable and balanced judgment. Your pronounced intellectual ca- 
pabilities are part of your allure; you have much sex appeal and 
enjoy attention from a wide range of people. Sometimes the 
depth of your true feeling for a lover is not apparent on the sur- 
face. Though you have a talent for the written word, you find it 
difficult to speak of your emotions. 

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The Decanates of Scorpio 


Keyword: Integrity 

Constellation: Serpens, the Serpent, symbolizing power and oc- 
cult knowledge. 
Planetary subruler: Pluto 

Pluto is both your ruler and subruler, which gives a hypnotic in- 
tensity to your personality. You are loyal and steadfast, and others 
quickly sense they can depend on you. You will stand by a lover 
long after others in the same situation would let go. Once you let 
go, however, there is usually no turning back. You have fixed 
opinions, but also a scientific turn of mind that will examine 
ideas and arrive at a new opinion should the facts warrant it. You 
are drawn to the mysterious and the occult, but may keep this a 
secret. Should you choose to use it, you have great power of self- 
discipline. Sometimes you let things slide by because you don't 
care enough to exert yourself. 


Keyword: Regeneration 

Constellation: Lupus, the Wolf, held aloft by Centaurus. The 

Wolf symbolizes offering. 
Planetary subruler: Neptune 

Neptune, planet of sensitivity, combines with Scorpio's Pluto to 
accentuate an idealistic personality. In both work and love, you 

tend to reach out toward others and give of yourself. You would 
make a superb teacher, healer, or physician; you have a talent for 
inspiring and helping others. It is important to you to find 
deeper meaning in your relationships. You are romantic and in- 
tense; love fulfills and completes you. Once you can find content- 
ment in love, you reach your true potential in other areas of life. 
Generally, your luck comes through other people when you least 
expect it. You are not a patient person and find it difficult to wait 
for the slow unfolding of events in your life. 


Keyword: Clarification 

Constellation: Aquila, the Eagle, whom the Greeks considered the 

only creature able to outstare the Sun. The Eagle is symbolic of 

rising above earthly limitations. 
Planetary subruler: Moon 

The sensuous Moon combines with Scorpio's Pluto to give an al- 
lure to your personality. You are at your best dealing with groups 
of people, and tend to choose work that projects you into the 
public eye. Your magnetic social touch wins popularity. Fate 
seems to thrust you into situations or relationships that you do 
not pick, but are often the most successful for you. You have a 
strong sense of ethics, and injustice brings out your fighting 
spirit. At times you can be moody, especially when the actions of 
other people discourage you. You have deep emotions that you 
have difficulty sharing. Once you reveal yourself, you are direct 
and honest and don't evade the truth. 

154 • Sun Sign Astrology 

The Decanates of Sagittarius 


Keyword: Honesty 

Constellation: Ophiuchus, the Serpent-Holder, who as a child 
vanquished his serpent enemies. Ophiuchus symbolizes vic- 
tory over adversity. 

Planetary subruler: Jupiter 

Jupiter, planet of wisdom, is both your ruler and subruler, which ac- 
centuates lofty ideals and a love of knowledge. You look for experi- 
ence and adventure. You want to deepen your understanding of life 
and are usually a student of human nature. People know they can 
trust what you tell them, for you are open and aboveboard. In addi- 
tion, you have a special talent for pleasing others by what you say. 
You believe strongly in freedom, in the right of each person to 
choose an individual pathway. Because you have such wide-ranging 
interests, you may find it hard to commit yourself completely to a 
marriage or love affair. Emotional discord is extremely distressing to 
you; you strive to surround yourself with harmonious relationships. 


Keyword: Drive 

Constellation: Sagitta, the Arrow that killed the eagle who fed 

upon Prometheus. The Arrow symbolizes the destruction of 

evil in its path. 
Planetary subruler: Mars 

Mars, planet of initiative, combines with Jupiter's expansiveness 
to give you a courageous and generous nature. You have the rare 

gift of being able to influence and inspire others. Often the kind- 
nesses you show have a much greater impact than you know. 
Your life is usually geared toward a goal; your real respect is for 
achievement. You are dependable, efficient, and thorough when 
you undertake to do a job. At times you may be discouraged, but 
the face you show to the world is one of humor and strength of 
character. You are a person of fierce independence; you want to 
do things your way, though you will try not to step on any toes. 
In love you may seem detached, but you are devoted and loyal. 


Keyword: Intuition 

Constellation: Ara, the Altar of Dionysus (Bacchus). Christian 

astronomers called it the Altar of Noah. Ara symbolizes unity 

and triumph. 
Planetary subruler: Sun 

The Sun, which stands for pride and vitality, joins forces with 
beneficent Jupiter; together they give great magnetism to your 
personality and a charming talent for making people laugh. Often 
your profound intellect is hidden under a social and gregarious 
exterior. Gifted with intuition and insight, you have a deep capac- 
ity for learning and discovering deeper meaning. You enjoy travel 
and meeting new people, for you want to widen your experience. 
The world of teaching or writing beckons to you. You have a re- 
fined and elegant nature that responds to art and beauty. In love, 
you are passionate and impulsive. You tend to fall head over heels 
quickly, but these crushes fade away just as quickly. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs • 155 


The Decanates of Capricorn 


Keyword: Responsibility 

Constellation: Corona Australis, the Southern Crown, garland 

of the gods. The constellation symbolizes commitment to 

Planetary subruler: Saturn 

Saturn, planet of discipline, is both your ruler and subruler, 
which gives you a serious mien and a talent for handling respon- 
sibility. You are precise and orderly and generally don't trust oth- 
ers to look after details. When you undertake a task you complete 
it to the best of your ability. Once you've set your mind on a goal, 
you are relentless and determined. There is a quiet force to your 
personality; other people are always aware of your presence. You 
are both subtle and aggressive; you have an instinct for knowing 
how far you can push. Ambition usually motivates you, for you 
are never content to be an underling. Love brings out your affec- 
tionate and demonstrative nature. When aroused you are a pas- 
sionate person. 


Keyword: Fairness 

Constellation: Lyra, the Harp, formed by the god Mercury from 

a tortoiseshell. Lyra symbolizes harmony. 
Planetary subruler: Venus 

Venus, planet of love, softens Saturn's stern influence and gives a 
gentleness and serenity to your personality. People respond to 

your warmth and charm. Venus here also indicates an interest in 
beauty and design, and perhaps some creative ability. In your 
work, you are practical and persistent. You are a doer who does 
not waste precious time. You enjoy periods of solitude to read, 
think, explore new subjects. Possibly you carry on a large corre- 
spondence, for you write well. Travel holds fascination for you. 
Your lover, family, and friends take first place in your heart; you 
are devoted to their wants and needs. You are reticent about your 
feelings. Love is a deep emotion, and you don't readily speak of it. 


Keyword: Honor 

Constellation: Draco, the Dragon, the "seeing one" who guarded 

the Golden Apples. The Dragon symbolizes observation and 

Planetary subruler: Mercury 

Mercury, planet of mental energy, adds impetus to the discipline 
of Saturn. You have a quick intellect and flexibility of character 
that allows you to adapt to different people and situations. When 
you give your word you stick to it; you treat others fairly and 
with respect. Friends and admirers are drawn to your spiritual 
nature. You are an idealist and a dreamer, but when motivated 
you are also an indefatigable worker. Money and material com- 
forts are important to you, and you usually quickly spot where 
your best financial interests lie. You are a person of deep desires, 
though this may not be apparent on the surface. Life is often 
marked by a struggle to fulfill your inner needs. 

156 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Decanates of Aquarius 


Keyword: Knowledge 

Constellation: Delphinus, the Dolphin, ancient savior of the 

shipwrecked. The Dolphin symbolizes spirituality. 
Planetary subruler: Uranus 

Uranus, planet of originality, is both your ruler and subruler, 
which accentuates your perception and quick mentality. You are 
capable and intelligent and deal easily with people. Your wit and 
sense of humor are advantages both socially and in your work. 
What others may consider obstacles, you think of as challenges. 
Finding solutions and a better, quicker way of handling things is 
what you emphasize. You are intrigued by new problems and 
need change in your activities to keep you from going stale. You 
have an affectionate and kindhearted nature, although a lover 
may complain of your detachment. This is probably because you 
try to apply logic to emotional situations. You are fond of analyz- 
ing why a person behaves in this way or that. 


Keyword: Frankness 

Constellation: Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish that symbol- 
izes knowledge and fertility of mind. The Fish drinks from the 
Fountain of Wisdom. 

Planetary subruler: Mercury 

You have a spontaneity and genuine warmth that draws others 
to you. One of your most outstanding traits is your honesty and 
frankness in speech. People know they can depend on what you 
say, for you speak your true mind. Mercury bestows a gift for 
language, and you may have literary interests. You probably 
have the ability to sum up a person or situation in a clever 
and witty phrase. You enjoy knowledge for its own sake and 
are always interested in learning more. You want love to be a 
consuming and passionate experience, but you are too self- 
sufficient to be swept away. 


Keyword: Association 

Constellation: Equuleus, the Little Horse, brother of Pegasus. 

The Little Horse symbolizes loyalty and the harnessing of 

Planetary subruler: Venus 

Mercury, planet of versatility, adds its energy to Aquarius's 
Uranus, which gives a liveliness and sparkle to your personality. 

Venus, planet of sociability, combines with Aquarius's Uranus to 
make you the most people-oriented of the three decanates. You 
have the ability to form close and enduring ties. Often your suc- 
cess in work comes through other people. You probably have an 
artistic nature and take pride in making your surroundings as 
beautiful as you can. You like people who do what they say 
they will and who show up on time. In your own life you are 
careful about details and tend to be critical about the lax ways 
of others. Travel and new adventure always excite you, for you 
are a forward-looking person. In love, you are romantic and af- 
fectionate and you tend to have a flirtatious eye. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs • 157 


The Decanates of Pisces 


Keyword: Imagination 

Constellation: Pegasus, the Winged Horse who bears the rider of 

good fortune. 
Planetary subruler: Neptune 

Neptune, planet of illusion, is both your ruler and subruler, 
which emphasizes creativity and imagination. There may be in- 
volvement in artistic or literary work; you have a talent for ex- 
pressing your inner thoughts. You are particularly sensitive to the 
people with whom you share your life. Discord is unbearable to 
you, and you will do your best to shield yourself from unpleas- 
antness. Your keen mind is open to ideas, and personal achieve- 
ment is important to you. Often you must struggle to accentuate 
positiveness instead of letting negative feelings overwhelm you. 
You may suffer from physical ailments, but your character is very 
strong. Love is probably tempestuous, for you have deep pas- 


Keyword: Compassion 

Constellation: Cygnus, the Swan. Also called the Northern 

Cross. The Swan is the celestial symbol of grace and beauty. 
Planetary subruler: Moon 

The receptive Moon combines with the spiritual influence of 
Neptune and heightens your awareness of others. You have an 

uncanny way of knowing what those around you think or feel, 
and can use this power on a much wider scale. You are, or have 
the potential to become, well known not only in your circle but 
in the larger world. Your observations are keen; you are able to 
gather ideas or art forms and transform them with your own 
unique vision. Social occasions enable you to display your special 
charm with people and a knack for witty conversation that is one 
of your strong points. You are a romantic at heart, and love is a 
transforming experience for you. Unfortunately, you don't find 
love easy to hold on to. 


Keyword: Action 

Constellation: Cepheus, the Monarch who rests one foot on the 

Pole Star. He symbolizes constancy. 
Planetary subruler: Pluto 

Pluto, planet of power, gives force to Pisces's Neptune and under- 
lines your need for activity and outlets. You possess imagination 
and vision; if you harness your energy you can soar to great 
heights of achievement. Intellectually you are curious and like to 
explore the unusual or hidden. You are especially drawn to reli- 
gious, spiritual, or occult matters. Solitude and periods of with- 
drawal from others are necessary for you to think, review, and 
meditate. You have a talent for writing or speaking that can move 
and influence other people. Your emotions are deep and strong; 
you understand first with your heart and only then with your 
head. Love motivates many of your decisions. 

1 5 8 

Sun Sign Astrology 

What Is a Cusp? 

A cusp is the point at which a new astrological sign begins.* Thus, the "cusp of Aries" means the point 
at which Aries begins. (The word comes from the Latin word cuspis, meaning "point") 

When someone speaks of being "born on the cusp," he or she is referring to a birth time at or near the begin- 
ning or the end of an astrological sign. For example, if you were born on July 23, you were born on the cusp of 
Leo, the sign that begins on July 23. Indeed, depending on what year you were born, your birth time might even 
be in the last degree of Cancer. The Sun does not move into a new sign at exactly the same moment each year, 
and the dates for the different Sun signs may vary by a day or so. Even if the Sun were moving into Leo on that 
day, what time of day did this happen? Were you born while the Sun was still in Cancer or after the Sun entered 
into Leo? If your birthday is near the beginning or end of a sign, check the Sun Tables starting on page 425 or 
cast your chart using the enclosed CD-ROM to be absolutely certain which sign you were born in. 

Astrologers differ about when a person is born on the cusp. Some astrologers claim it means only within the 
first two days or last two days of a sign. Others say it can be as much as within the first ten days or last ten days 
of a sign. The consensus, however, is that you were born on the cusp if your birthday is within the first five days 
or last five days of a sign. 

With cusp-born people there is always the question, "What sign am I really?" They feel that they straddle the 
border of two different countries. 

To some extent, this is true. If you were cusp-born, you are under the influence of both signs. However, 
much like being a traveler leaving one country and crossing into another, you must actually be in one coun- 
try — you can't be in two countries at the same time. One sign is always a stronger influence, and that sign is 
almost invariably the sign that the Sun was actually in (in other words, your Sun sign). The reason I say "al- 
most" is that in rare cases a chart may be so heavily weighted with planets in a certain sign that the person 
more keenly feels the influence of that specific sign. 

For example, I have a friend whose birthday is December 22. On the day of his birth the Sun was leaving 
Sagittarius and entering Capricorn. At the moment of his birth the Sun was still in Sagittarius, so technically 

There are two kinds of cusps in astrology — sign cusps and House cusps, i.e., the point at which a sign begins and the point at which a House begins. 
Houses are the twelve divisions of a birth chart that represent various departments of life (for example, career, marriage, wealth and possessions). As- 
trologers carefully study House cusps when interpreting a birth chart because planets on or near the cusps of the Houses have a stronger influence than 
other planets in the chart. For more about Houses, see chapter 8, "The Houses of Astrology." 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs • 159 

speaking he is a Sagittarian. However, the Sun was only two hours away from being in Capricorn, and this per- 
son has the Moon, Mercury, and Saturn all in Capricorn. He has always felt like a Capricorn and has always be- 
haved as a Capricorn. 

This, obviously, is an unusual case. Generally, the Sun is the most powerful planetary influence in a 
chart. Even if you were born with the Sun on the very tip of the first or last degree of a sign, that sign is your 
Sun sign, and that is the sign you will most feel like. 

However, the influence of the approaching sign or of the sign just ending is present, and you will probably 
sense that mixture in yourself. If you are cusp-born, you should recognize yourself in one of the following de- 

160 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Cusps of Aries 


You are Aries with Pisces tendencies. You are headstrong and im- 
pulsive, but there is a part of you that longs for peace and soli- 
tude. You resent it when others intrude on or interfere with your 
plans. Your intellectual powers are keen, and you enjoy probing 
into new areas and coming up with different ideas. You are clearly 
an individual. Warmth and sympathy come easily to you. Gener- 
ally you are fond of entertaining and get along well with people. 
Your lovemaking tends to be passionate. 


You are Aries with Taurus tendencies. You are impatient, high- 
strung, and volatile, but also determined and at times very stub- 
born. Ariens have the reputation for not finishing what they be- 
gin, but you are able to see a project through to the end. You like 
to be the one in charge, and your reaction to disorder and sloppi- 
ness is irritation. Emotions are a dominant factor in your life. 
People always know they can get an honest reaction from you. 
You are fiery and romantic. You have strong feelings, whether it 
be anger or joy or love. 


The Cusps of Taurus 


You are Taurus with Aries tendencies. You are self- 
sufficient and determined, but also spirited and independent. You 
cannot bear being restricted by other people's rules, and whatever 
the situation you always assert your own personality. People often 
come to you for advice; you may be known as having great style 
and confidence. In truth, you sometimes feel insecure, but you 
hide it very well. You take the intellectual approach to solving 
problems. In love, however, you are impulsive and extravagant. 


You are Taurus with Gemini tendencies. You are ambitious, have 
strong willpower, and are also imaginative and intellectually in- 
clined. You have an attractive personality and possess a special 
persuasive touch that works well with people. Generally, you deal 
in a straightforward manner because you prefer to cut through 
deception or secretiveness and lay things out in the open. You 
dislike taking orders. Words come easily to you unless you are 
emotionally involved; then you are often unable to express your 
deepest feelings. This is especially true when you are in love. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 



The Cusps of Gemini 


You are Gemini with Taurus tendencies. You are inquisitive and 
changeable, but you also have a stubborn streak and are not easily 
moved off your course. At times you become irritable when oth- 
ers don't measure up to your expectations. Generally, though, you 
deal tactfully with others and you have many friends. Artistic tal- 
ent may be evident, but you are practical and realistic about mak- 
ing money. Your attitude in new situations is, "Where do I fit in?" 
Usually you make a marvelous first impression. 


You are Gemini with Cancer tendencies. You are quick-witted 
and communicative, and also analytical, cautious, and conserva- 
tive in your approach. When you give your word, others know 
they can trust you to do exactly as you say. You like to be sur- 
rounded with familiar objects and people, and you put a lot of 
weight on charming manners and appearance. Yours is a sensitive 
nature that is easily hurt by carelessness or selfishness. You are 
not satisfied with being ordinary; you want to create beauty or be 
known for your brilliance. 


The Cusps of Cancer 


You are Cancer with Gemini tendencies. You have a sympathetic 
and generous nature, and an incisive, intellectual mind. You may 
be famous for your brain, but those close to you know you are a 
softie inside. Sometimes your heart and mind are at odds with 
each other; emotions affect you more than you like to admit. You 
have a special touch for getting along with people from all walks 
of life. You need stimulation and change, and will become discon- 
tent if stuck in one place for too long. 


You are Cancer with Leo tendencies. You are idealistic and sensi- 
tive, and also clever and forceful, and you probably you have a 
temper that quickly comes and goes. In work, you like doing 
things your own way. You possess a pleasing social grace that 
mixes easily with people, but you take a long time to form truly 
close relationships. Love is not impulsive. You may be instantly at- 
tracted to someone, but you are careful because you fear rejection 
and won't let yourself become too vulnerable 

162 • Sun Sign Astrology 


The Cusps of Leo 


You are Leo with Cancer tendencies. You have high aspirations 
and tend to be creative, and at the same time are methodical and 
studious. You want to make the "right" decisions and hate to be 
caught unprepared or off-guard. Mental work stimulates you; 
you have good powers of concentration and an ability to express 
yourself. Because of your ebullience and warmth, you attract 
many friends. You are often extravagant with money because you 
love to buy beautiful things. You also are headstrong and posses- 
sive in love. 


You are Leo with Virgo tendencies. You gain attention because of 
your strong personality and sense of style. Determination is one 
of your dominant qualities; you climb over obstacles to reach a 
goal or get something your heart is set on. You have a taste for el- 
egance and like to travel first class. Though you are very level- 
headed when analyzing other people's problems, you are basically 
an emotional person. You make decisions first with your heart 
and then rationalize with your head. 


The Cusps of Virgo 


You are Virgo with Leo tendencies. You are kind, gracious, and 
reliable, and you also possess great flair and personal style. Your 
optimism, wit, and sense of fun magnetically draw people toward 
you. Projects you undertake are likely to be successful because of 
your eye for detail and quick intelligence. Often you end up han- 
dling the whole show because of your organizational abilities. 
Sometimes you are impatient with the irresponsibility of others. 
You shine in social settings. In love, you tend to be effusive, 
warm, and loyal. 


You are Virgo with Libra tendencies. You are an idea person, intel- 
lectual and perceptive. You have a gregarious nature and are most 
successful dealing with and through other people. Your mind is 
alert and lively, and you probably have a facile flair for conversa- 
tion. Your particular gift is for using your social talents in your 
work. Your finely honed esthetic sense sets high standards. You 
may be a collector of beautiful objects or be drawn to creative pur- 
suits. In love you are sincere and expressive but need a lot of atten- 
tion and devotion from a lover. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 


The Cusps of Libra 


You are Libra with Virgo tendencies. You are people- 
oriented and possess a talent for making others like you. You are 
also industrious and have a keen eye for detail but sometimes take 
on more than you can handle. It is important to you to be ad- 
mired. You are aware of your public image and always strive to 
make the best impression. You would like to keep your emotions 
on an even keel, but you tend to be either enthusiastically happy 
or else dejected over some little thing going wrong. Love makes 
you feel fulfilled, and you are probably flirtatious. 


You are Libra with Scorpio tendencies. You have magnetic personal 
charm and usually try to maneuver situations so you are the one 
who controls or directs. You know how to work hard, and you ap- 
ply yourself wholeheartedly to achieve a goal. You are skillful in 
dealing with people. Your sensuality attracts others, even when you 
are not aware of it. At times you can be impatient and quick-tem- 
pered, but basically you don't like arguments and you are willing to 
keep peace. You have a captivating social nature. Punctuality is not 
one of your strong points. 


The Cusps of Scorpio 


You are Scorpio with Libra tendencies. There is an elegance to 
your personality, a charm and good-naturedness that people re- 
spond to. You have a talent for expressing your opinions in an apt 
and amusing way. You have a strong will, but unless you are 
crossed or thwarted you don't often show it. In general, you are 
cooperative and friendly, even though you prefer to work alone at 
your own pace. This is especially true in any creative enterprise. 
In love your feelings run deep and you tend to be cautious. You 
don't commit yourself easily because you fear being hurt or re- 


You are Scorpio with Sagittarius tendencies. You are sensitive, 
intuitive, and likely have a lot of nervous energy. You enjoy a 
variety of interests and hobbies and attract different types of 
friends. Mental activity stimulates you. You are fond of discus- 
sion and are never reluctant to share an opinion. Those you 
love are aware of your loyalty and warm feelings; others usually 
see you as someone who makes dispassionate judgments. The 
truth is that you are sentimental, but able to stand back and be 
objective if this is in your best interests. 

164 • Sun Sign Astrology 

The Cusps of Sagittarius 


You are Sagittarius with Scorpio tendencies. You are high-strung 
and excitable and may be known as a colorful personality. You 
are also intelligent, versatile, and forward-thinking. Life is full of 
activity for you. Because you dislike being alone, you surround 
yourself with people and projects and sometimes spread yourself 
too thin. You know how to spot an advantage and how to make 
yourself the center of attention. You have good psychic powers 
and an ability to probe into other people's minds. In love you are 
passionate but changeable. 


You are Sagittarius with Capricorn tendencies. You are genial and 
good-natured and have charming social manners. You are also 
ambitious, know how to take responsibility, and are thorough 
when doing a job. Since you have both imagination and a strong 
sense of self, you like to work without interference from others. 
People sometimes look to you for advice, since your quick mind 
can zero in on important matters. You have a sensitive nature 
and a capacity for loving deeply. You do not always make wise 
decisions in love, however. 

The Cusps of Capricorn 


You are Capricorn with Sagittarius tendencies. Underneath your 
practical and sometimes unemotional approach, you have a kind 
and loving heart. People instinctively rely on your integrity. You do 
not betray their confidences and are a sympathetic listener. There 
is an adventurous quality to you; you like to travel and to explore 
new places and ideas. Even though you are conservative and cau- 
tious in your judgments, you are always willing to examine another 
point of view. You often pick up unspoken signals from others be- 
cause of your keen sensitivity. 


You are Capricorn with Aquarius tendencies. You are a deep person 
who possesses insight and vision, but you are also generous and 
fun-loving and like to be in the company of people. You enjoy en- 
tertaining and the "good life," and may be known as an excellent 
host or hostess. Success is likely working with the public. In general, 
you look on the positive side, but when things go wrong you are 
able to see only the negative. Your loyalty is unshakable, and you are 
always ready to help someone you love. In romance you tend to set- 
tle for less than you deserve. 

The Decanates and Cusps of Sun Signs 


The Cusps of Aquarius 


You are Aquarius with Capricorn tendencies. You have a quick 
mind and are versatile enough to handle many varied projects. In 
addition you have a good memory and a methodical approach. 
Generally you are most successful in enterprises where you can 
run things your own way. Your sociable nature attracts people, 
and you may be known for a witty sense of humor. At times you 
need complete privacy and periods of reflection. You have a 
strong streak of independence. You try to deal with love analyti- 
cally because you dislike falling prey to feelings. 


You are Aquarius with Pisces tendencies. You have an easygoing 
charm that fits in well with almost any group. Whereas you may 
have many acquaintances, those who know you really well are few. 
You have a lighthearted exterior that often hides deeper feelings. 
In work you are forward-thinking and progressive, but also cau- 
tious. You view life with a somewhat jaded eye and won't rush 
into anything new without investigation. Nothing offends you 
more than being unfairly dealt with. You tend to have extravagant 
tastes and enjoy spending money. 


The Cusps of Pisces 


You are Pisces with Aquarius tendencies. You have an elegant and 
refined nature, and also an infectious sense of fun. You possess 
both determination and good organizational ability, and gener- 
ally are successful at making money. In your work, you can be in- 
cisive and objective about solving problems. People are often sur- 
prised at the variety and extent of your interests. You have strong 
likes and dislikes, but also an open mind that enjoys toying with 
new ideas. You need change in scenery to keep from becoming 
bored. Love may be elusive because you need a special kind of 
person to fulfill you. 


You are Pisces with Aries tendencies. You have keen powers of 
observation and are drawn to the unusual in people and in ideas. 
You have a strong personality that makes an impact, and you 
possess the ability to execute personal plans in spite of obstacles. 
In short, you are a most original person. You have learned that 
luck comes when you least expect it. You have a magnetic social 
touch and are usually surrounded by friends and acquaintances. 
You are flirtatious and changeable, but in love you are capable of 
intense devotion. 

166 • Sun Sign Astrology 


Among the most important questions a client asks an astrologer is, "What does my chart say 
about my health?" Health and well-being are of paramount concern to human beings. Love, money, or 
career take second place, for without good health we cannot enjoy anything else in life. 
Astrology and medicine have had a long marriage. Hippocrates (born around 460 B.C.), the Greek philoso- 
pher and physician who is considered the father of medicine, said, "A physician without a knowledge of astrol- 
ogy has no right to call himself a physician." Indeed, up until the eighteenth century, the study of astrology and 
its relationship to the body was very much a part of a doctor's training. When a patient became ill a chart was 
immediately drawn up. This guided the doctor in both diagnosis and treatment, for the chart would tell when 
the crisis would come and what medicine would help. Of course, Western doctors in the twentieth century no 
longer use astrology to treat illness. However, astrology can still be a useful tool in helping to maintain our phys- 
ical well-being. 

The Signs and Anatomy 

To begin with, each sign of the zodiac rules or governs a specific part of the body. These associations date back 
to the beginning of astrology. Curiously, the part of the body that a sign rules is in some ways the strongest and 
in other ways the weakest area for a person born under that sign. Look under your individual sign to see how 
this paradox of nature applies to you. 


The Planets and Your Body 

In addition to the sign's rulership over parts of the body, 
the planets are associated with various glands in the body. 
These glands release hormones that keep our bodies func- 

Astrology and Diet 

Each sign of the zodiac has particular diet needs for min- 
erals that are found in certain foods. Your diet may be fail- 
ing to supply these specific needs. Included under your 
sign is a list of foods that would be beneficial for you in a 
healthful eating program. 

Astrology and Your Erogenous Zones 

Our bodies are very sensitive to the touch of another hu- 
man being. The special language of touching is understood 
on a level more basic than speech. For each sign in the zo- 
diac, there are certain zones and areas of the body that are 
especially receptive and can receive sexual messages through 
touch. Many books and manuals have been written about 
lovemaking, but few pay attention to the unique knowledge 
of erogenous zones supplied by astrology. You can use as- 
trology to become a better, more sensitive lover. 

The association between the signs of the zodiac and the 
different parts of the body and the illnesses connected 
with them is part of the Hermetic Theory, an ancient 
Egyptian-Greek philosophical science that held that the 
entire cosmos is reflected in the human being. The signs 
of the zodiac, beginning with Aries and ending with 
Pisces, correlate to the human body, beginning with the 
head (ruled by Aries) and ending with the feet (ruled by 
Pisces). Thus, the entire zodiac is contained within the hu- 
man body. 

I want to say a word to you before you read this health 
chapter. It can be read on both a simplistic and a more ad- 
vanced level. If, for example, you were born with the Sun 
in Aries, you will no doubt read the pages about Aries and 
probably discover that many of the health tips and med- 
ical issues discussed in the Aries section apply to you. But 
the story does not end there. 

For one thing, modern medical astrology believes 
strongly in the "principle of polarity," that the opposite 
sign in the zodiac also influences the health of the native. 
Thus, if you are Aries, you should also read the pages on 
Libra (Aries's opposite sign), for there will be guidance in 
those pages that also relates to Aries. 

In addition (as I have emphasized and will continue to 
emphasize), no person is a pure sign. You may discover 
when you cast your birth chart that your chart is heavily 
weighted with planets in a particular sign other than your 
Sun sign. Therefore, the health aspects of that particular 
sign will also apply to you. 


Sun Sign Astrology 

Still another factor to be considered is your Ascendant 
(or Rising sign), which in many ways contributes to your 
outward appearance and health. Your Ascending sign also 
is a significant part of your health picture. 

I have a woman client whose Sun sign is Libra, whose As- 
cendant is Taurus, and who has three planets in Taurus, one of 
them Saturn, a planet that often indicates areas of delicate 
health. She has had a long history of lower back problems 
(her Sun sign, Libra, rules the lumbar region), headaches (her 
Sun sign's polarity is Aries, which rules the head), and throat 

and thyroid problems (her Ascendant, Taurus, heavily 
weighted with planets, rules the throat). If this woman reads 
all three sections — Libra, Aries, and Taurus — she will gain a 
greater understanding of her health issues and needs, and get 
many more tips on care and exercise than if she reads only 
Libra (her Sun sign). 

I urge you to do the same. Later on, when you dis- 
cover more about your chart, come back to this health 
chapter and read further about the various signs that 
make up your whole birth chart. 

Astrology and Health • 169 



Part of the Body Ruled by Aries 

Aries rules the head and face. You can often spot an 
Aries person by his or her fine facial bone structure and a 
shining, healthy head of hair. Sometimes there is a birth- 
mark or mole on the face. The head is associated with 
thinking and perception, and natives of Aries tend to be 
sharp, shrewd thinkers who use common sense. 

Aries people are subject to headaches, including mi- 
graines, head congestion, and sinus conditions. They are 
also prone toward minor injuries around the head and 
face, and should use protective headgear if taking part in 
strenuous sports. They have a tendency to overwork them- 
selves and overtax their energy. They are prey to eyestrain 
and to having problems with their teeth. 

When excited or frustrated, an Aries person will often 
get red in the face. If he or she has fever, it tends to reach a 
high degree in a short period of time. However, Ariens 
have strong recuperative powers and can fight off illness 
very rapidly. 

The glands that Aries rules are the adrenals. These are 
the glands that pump adrenaline into the bloodstream 
during times of stress and emergency. The Aries personal- 
ity is known for its excitability and impetuosity, and one 
reason may be that Mars, the planet associated with Aries, 
rules the muscular system and the sex glands. Aries people 
are active, have excellent muscle coordination, and are 
noted for their energetic sexuality. 

Diet and Health Tips for Aries 

Because the Aries person is usually busy, active, and on 
the go, he or she needs a well-balanced diet to maintain 
good health and energy. The cell salt for the sign of Aries is 
potassium phosphate. This mineral builds brain cells and 
replenishes the liver. Aries people usually expend so much 
energy that their supply of this element is depleted and 
must be replenished. Lack of potassium phosphate can 
cause depression. 

Foods rich in this mineral and therefore beneficial for 
Ariens to include in their diet are: tomatoes, beans (red 
kidney, navy, lima), brown rice, lentils, walnuts, olives, 
onions, lettuce, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, 
brussels sprouts, veal, swordfish, flounder, figs, bananas, 
dried uncooked apricots, pumpkin. A healthy diet should 
also include milk, which is good for teeth and bones. 

Salt and liquor are two enemies that Aries people in 
particular should avoid. Too much salt affects bones and 
arteries; liquor overstimulates and reacts negatively on the 
kidneys. Ariens should enjoy their meals in a quiet, serene 
atmosphere, and never eat too quickly or under stressful 
conditions. They should drink plenty of water and get ade- 
quate rest and relaxation. 

Aries s Erogenous Zone 

The nerve endings in the face and head are especially 
sensitive for Aries people, and gentle stroking of the hair 
and scalp is something they respond to favorably. 

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Aries woman loves to have her hair combed and played 
with. If you nibble Aries man's ear, you will send him a 
definite sexual message. Other stimulations that people of 
this sign respond to are featherlight strokes of the lips 
with your fingertips, and gentle kisses on their closed eye- 

One technique that will relax Aries and put her or him 
in the mood for love is to travel a path with your finger- 

tips from the base of the hairline at the back of the neck 
all the way to the top of the skull. Your fingers should 
move in small circles that vibrate the scalp. Use a light but 
firm pressure. Repeat this pathway from neck to top of the 
crown until the entire head has been massaged. This tech- 
nique is also extremely useful for relieving the headaches 
due to nervous tension that Aries is subject to. 


Part of the Body Ruled by Taurus 

The sign of Taurus rules the throat and neck, which in- 
cludes the vocal cords, palate, and tonsils. Generally, Taure- 
ans have long, expressive necks, and women of this sign 
have lovely skin around the throat and collarbone area. 
Both sexes are known for their melodious speaking voices, 
and many are fine singers. Taurus's taste buds are keen, 
and Taureans thoroughly enjoy good food. A tendency to 
put on weight grows more pronounced as they get older. 

Taureans are particularly vulnerable to colds, coughs, 
sore throats, laryngitis, swollen glands, stiff necks, and mi- 
nor injuries around the neck. When exposed to wintry 
wind and cold weather, they should take care to bundle up 
with scarves and mufflers. Taurus people are subject to 
tonsillitis and earaches. Colds seem to settle into their 
throats and are not easily shaken off. When they get physi- 
cally tired or overtense, Taureans tend to get coughs and 
stiff necks. Many go through life with a semipermanent 
"crick" in their necks. 

Taurus also rules the thyroid gland, which can cause se- 
rious weight problems if it is malfunctioning. In addition, 
Taurus's ruling planet Venus has an effect on the parathy- 
roids, which control the calcium level in the body. Tradi- 
tionally, Venus also rules the throat, kidneys, and lumbar 
region. Being Venus-ruled, Taurus people sometimes suffer 
from back strain, especially because they tend to be seden- 

Diet and Health Tips for Taurus 

A diet low in starch, fat, and sugar is particularly im- 
portant to Taureans because so many have to fight the bat- 
tle of the bulge. They are likely to eat fattening foods, to be 
sluggish and indolent, and to dislike exercise. They may 
suffer from puffy eyes and jowls, and their faces are apt to 
get heavier as time goes by. Moderate exercise and good 
diet should be a strict discipline in every Taureans life. 

Taurus's cell salt is sulphate of sodium, a mineral that 
controls the amount of water in the system. It is present in 

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the liver, the pancreas, and the hormones of the kidneys. 
An imbalance of this mineral in the body can cause bloat- 
ing, symptoms of congestion around the thyroid gland, 
and a feeling of being waterlogged. Foods that contain this 
mineral that Taureans need are asparagus, beets, spinach, 
horseradish, Swiss chard, cauliflower, cucumber, onions, 
pumpkin, cranberries, and raw nuts. Celery can help them 
to clear their systems after overindulgence. Carbohydrates 
have a way of turning into fat in a Taurean's body and 
should be avoided, along with heavy, rich foods. To keep 
the thyroid functioning at its best, Taureans should eat 
food with natural iodine, such as fish and seafood. Other 
foods that keep Taureans healthy are eggs, liver, kidney 
beans, wheat germ, fresh fruit, and green salads. They 
should drink plenty of water to keep their systems flushed 

In general, Taurus people should coddle their throats, 
try not to catch colds, wear warm head-and-neck covering 
in winter, and keep foreign objects out of their ears. Walk- 
ing is wonderful exercise for them, and stretching exercises 
for the neck are very beneficial. 

Taurus 's Erogenous Zone 

The throat and neck is Taurus's sensitive area, and light 
touching, kissing, and fondling of this zone will quickly 
raise a Taurean's sexual temperature. When fixing Taurus 
man's tie, lightly glide your fingernails over his throat. 
Brush the back of Taurus woman's neck in an affectionate 
gesture. Both men and women enjoy kisses and gentle 
bites on the back of the neck and the throat. 

Here is a massage technique that will surely please: 1) 
While Taurus lies on his or her back, gently vibrate the 
area under the earlobes with your fingertips, using little 
circular motions. Trace a path down to the collarbone. Re- 
peat until entire front of neck has been massaged. (Be very 
gentle around the windpipe.) 2) Taurus likes to lie on his 
or her stomach while you trace vertical paths from the 
hairline to the top of the spine, using your fingertips to vi- 
brate the flesh and muscles. 

This technique will thoroughly relax Taurus and make 
him or her very receptive to lovemaking. 

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Part of the Body Ruled by Gemini 

The sign of Gemini rules the shoulders, arms, hands, 
and lungs. Natives of this sign are noted for their graceful 
arms and beautifully shaped hands. They are dexterous 
and well coordinated and often excel at sports and danc- 
ing. Geminis are often called jacks-of-all-trades, and are 
happiest when involved with many projects and a wide 
range of people. Gemini persons seem to look young 

Unfortunately, Geminis are vulnerable to upper respi- 
ratory infections, bronchitis, and asthma. In times of stress 
they may have difficulty breathing and suffer from either 
hyperventilation or an inability to draw in enough oxygen. 
They are apt to get sprains and fractures, particularly in 
the bones in their shoulders, arms, and hands. They are 
also afflicted by bumps, cuts, scratches, and bruises. 

Gemini rules the nerves, so natives of this sign are of- 
ten excitable and high-strung. They vacillate between de- 
spondency and euphoria, and seem to run on their nerves. 
The planet Mercury, which rules Gemini, has always been 
associated with respiration, the brain, and the entire nerv- 
ous system. It also governs the delicate links between the 
mind and the different parts of the body, so with Gemini 
people the state of mind has a great deal to do with the 
state of their health. Anxiety and nervousness literally can 
make them sick. 

Diet and Health Tips for Gemini 

For Geminis, relaxation is not just something that's 
nice if they can get it. It is essential to their well-being. 
Because they expend so much nervous energy, they should 
take time to unwind, relax, and soothe their jangled 
nerves. Coffee and stimulants make matters worse and 
should be avoided. Herbal teas have a calming effect. 

Gemini people are inclined to eat on the run and are 
notorious junk-food addicts. To keep up their energy and 
high spirits, they must have a proper diet. Many Geminis 
can't tolerate large amounts of food at one time; eating 
four mini-meals a day can be beneficial. 

The cell salt for Gemini is potassium chloride, which 
builds fibrin in the blood, organs, and tissues of the body. 
A deficiency of this mineral leads to clots in the blood and 
circulatory problems. Potassium chloride also keeps the 
lungs and bronchial tubes unclogged. Foods high in this 
mineral are asparagus, green beans, tomatoes, celery, car- 
rots, spinach, oranges, peaches, plums, apricots, and wild 
rice. Healthy nerve foods for Gemini include grapefruit, 
almonds, broiled fish and shellfish, grape juice, apples, and 
raisins. Lettuce and cauliflower help to combat bronchitis. 
Geminis need calcium to keep their bones healthy; milk, 
buttermilk, and cottage cheese are excellent sources. 

Gemini people should protect their chests in cold, in- 
clement weather, and never smoke tobacco. Not only is to- 
bacco smoking detrimental to the lungs, it causes circula- 
tory problems in the arms and hands. Geminis should 

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practice deep-breathing or yoga exercises to help them re- 
lax and breathe easier, and should play tennis and Ping- 
Pong to strengthen their arms. 

Gemini s Erogenous Zone 

Gemini's sensitive arms and hands are very receptive to 
erotic stimuli. Light kisses, touches, and fingertip brushes 
of this area will send shivers of delight down a Gemini's 
spine. Gemini women are fond of handkissers. Gemini 
men respond to light stroking of their hands, especially 
the palms and inside of the fingers. As a prelude to love- 
making, try lightly kissing the inside of your Gemini's 

arms, starting with his or her fingertips and moving up to 
the armpits. 

A massage technique that natives of this sign find espe- 
cially stimulating is to grip Gemini's wrist gently with both 
hands. Using light but firm pressure, turn one hand in one 
direction and the other in the opposite direction in a gentle 
wringing motion. Do this all the way up Gemini's arm and 
back again. Another way to relax Gemini is to travel the path 
of his or her inner arm, from the palm to the armpit, vibrat- 
ing the flesh and muscles by using a circular motion on the 
skin with your fingertips. 



Part of the Body Ruled by Cancer 

Cancer rules the breasts and the stomach. This part of 
the anatomy has always symbolized nourishment and 
motherhood, and Cancer natives are characterized as pro- 
tective and clinging. Cancer women often have beautiful 
bosoms, with soft creamy skin and a curving decolletage. 
Men of this sign have well-shaped chests and flat stom- 
achs. All of this changes as Cancerians grow older, for they 
are susceptible to gaining weight in later years. They find it 
very difficult to lose excess weight. 

Tension, anxiety, and emotional stress are the leading 
causes of illness among Cancerians. They have delicate 
stomachs and digestive problems and are prone to ulcers, 

gallbladder upsets, gas pains, nausea, and gastritis. Their 
health is not robust, particularly in childhood, and many 
suffer from upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis. 
Born under a water sign, Cancerians will overindulge in 
wine and alcohol, which they do not tolerate well. Drink- 
ing alcohol aggravates their stomach problems, increases 
weight, and causes fluid retention in body tissues. 

The Moon, Cancer's ruler, has dominion over the 
breasts and the alimentary canal, heightening the suscepti- 
bility of Cancerians in these areas. 

Diet and Health Tips for Cancer 

Food means security to Cancer people, and they turn 
to pies, cakes, ice cream, and candy to make themselves 

174 • Sun Sign Astrology 

feel better when they are low in spirit. This is a self- 
accelerating spiral, for excess sweets make their stomachs 
worse. Cancerians need to watch their diets very carefully 
in order to keep their digestive systems healthy and their 
weight under control. 

Cancer's cell salt is calcium fluoride, which unites with 
albumen and oil in the body's system to keep elastic and 
connective tissues healthy. It is also an important ingredi- 
ent in tooth enamel, fingernails, bones, and the lens of the 
eye. Deficiency of this mineral can cause varicose veins, re- 
ceding gums, curvature of the spine, eye problems, and 
cataracts. Food sources for calcium fluoride are egg yolks, 
whole-grain rye, yogurt, beets, watercress, fish, and oysters. 
Cancerians are prone to skin disorders when there is a lack 
of calcium in their diet. They should consume milk, 
cheese, kale, lettuce, and tomatoes, which are high in cal- 
cium. Okra, which also contains calcium, is an aid in re- 
ducing stomach inflammations. Fresh vegetables, fresh 
fruit, and lean protein are a daily must for the Cancerian. 
Starches, sugar, and salt should be avoided. The first two 
cause constipation, and salt produces bloat. Cancer people 
should stay away from spicy, highly seasoned food and 
should forgo hot pepper sauce and horseradish. 

Cancerians should always have meals in pleasant sur- 
roundings — no bickering or heated discussions at the din- 
ner table. Taking a walk after a meal aids digestion and 

serenity of mind. Walking in warm rain (under an um- 
brella) or by the seashore is excellent, for the moist air 
soothes the lungs. 

If Cancerians get sick, they recuperate faster in their 
own beds at home. 

Cancer's Erogenous Zone 

Breasts are an erogenous zone for most people, but this 
is especially true for Cancerians. Both men and women 
born under this sign respond quickly to oral and manual 
manipulation of the nipples. Soft caresses, gentle bites, and 
kisses on this area heighten Cancer's sensuality. Run your 
hands over the hairs on Cancer man's chest, just barely 
touching them, and you will ignite his passions. A Cancer 
woman derives pleasure from having her breasts touched 
and kissed by a lover. 

To massage the breast and chest area erotically, begin by 
placing two fingers on Cancer's clavicle (the bone that juts 
out at the bottom of the neck). Using featherlight pressure, 
gently vibrate the flesh of each breast. Then stroke each nip- 
ple with the tip of one finger. Using your finger pad, gently 
stroke the pink area around the nipple (the areola). Finally, 
stroke each breast with your fingernails, just barely making 
contact with the flesh. 

This massage technique will create urgent sensations of 
sexual desire in any Cancer woman or man. 

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Part of the Body Ruled by Leo 

The sign of Leo rules the spine, the back, and the heart. 
The heart is associated with warm emotions, the back with 
courage. Leo people display these qualities. They are open 
personalities who give wholeheartedly of themselves to 
others and live life to the fullest. Leos have robust constitu- 
tions, supple spines, and good coordination. They are usu- 
ally excellent dancers and athletes. 

Leos have a great need to excel in what they do, and of- 
ten push themselves so hard that they suffer strain from 
overexertion and nerves. Their upper back tires more eas- 
ily than other parts of their bodies. They are also subject to 
pains and pressure around the heart. When startled a Leo's 
heart will seem to jump into his or her throat. They can 
usually feel their pulses beat inside their heads. Heart 
problems may crop up later in life; however, Leos are 
noted for their longevity. 

Leo's ruler, the Sun, has always been associated with the 
heart, back, and spinal column. It also influences the 
spleen and the entire body's vitality. In more recent times, 
astrologers have come to believe that it rules the thymus, 
an endocrine gland that secretes hormones necessary for 
growth during the early years of childhood. Scientific stud- 
ies connect the thymus with the immunization of the body 
against bacteria. 

Thus, the sign of Leo is characterized by growth, vital- 
ity, and good health. Leo people are not inclined to be 
sickly, and when they are ill they bounce back very quickly. 

As a rule, Leos live healthy lives. However, they must learn 
to slow down in later years to avoid the risk of heart at- 

Diet and Health Tips for Leo 

Leo people enjoy the good life, and eating well is part 
of this. They like rich food and fine wine. Fortunately 
young Leos have strong stomachs and good circulation, 
and keep in shape because they are active. However, time 
does catch up with them, and Leos must learn to eat cor- 
rectly and cut down on fatty foods. 

Leo's cell salt is magnesium phosphate, which keeps the 
motor nerves in top functioning order and is also neces- 
sary to the formation of the skeletal structure. It forms 
blood albumen, maintains the fluidity of the blood, and 
activates the digestive enzymes. Foods that contain this ele- 
ment so important to Leos are whole wheat and rye prod- 
ucts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, figs, lemons, ap- 
ples, peaches, coconut, rice, seafood, beets, asparagus, 
romaine, and egg yolk. Foods that aid the circulation and 
have blood-making properties include beef, lamb, poultry, 
liver, fresh fruit, salad greens, cheese, whole milk, and yo- 
gurt. Foods rich in iron, such as spinach, raisins, and dates, 
are recommended for Leo. Plums, pears, and oranges re- 
duce heart strain. 

Leo people should take care of their backs by doing 
simple strengthening exercises. They must learn how to 
bend and lift, and never lift anything too heavy. They ben- 
efit from developing good posture, getting enough rest and 

176 • Sun Sign Astrology 

relaxation, and enjoying short periods of sunbathing. 

Leos usually have thick shining hair, somewhat like 
manes. If they keep it clean, healthy, and conditioned, it 
should last them a lifetime. 

Leo's Erogenous Zone 

Sweeping caresses over the back and spine sexually 
stimulate and excite Leo. An easy and enjoyable prelimi- 
nary is to sponge Leo's back in the bath with a loofah 
sponge. Work gently down along the spine, pausing in the 
small of the back, then circle out to the sides and the ribs. 
Sponge until Leo's skin is rosy. In the bedroom, while Leo 
lies on his or her stomach, shake talcum powder over the 
back (still tingling from the bath). Using your hands or a 
soft bristle brush, smooth the powder into the skin, paying 
particular attention to the spine and small of the back. 
Your Leo will be more than ready for love. 

There are as many different kinds of back massages as 
there are masseurs, for this is an area in which tensions 
seem to gather. This technique will relax and soothe a Leo: 
Place the heels of your hands on Leo's upper back with 
your thumbs resting directly over the spine. Using a circu- 
lar vibrating motion, describe six-inch circles with the 
heels of your hands. Trace a path from the shoulder blades 
down to the small of the back. Return. Repeat until the en- 
tire back has been massaged. 

If you find this relaxes Leo so much that he or she falls 
asleep, erotically stimulate the back. Lightly draw long 
lines from shoulder to buttocks with your fingertip or fin- 
gernail just barely touching flesh. Stroke down into the 
cleft between the buttocks. Leo will wake up fast. 

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Part of the Body Ruled by Virgo 

The sign of Virgo rules the nervous system and the in- 
testines. The intestines assimilate food into the body. By 
the same token, Virgoans assimilate knowledge and turn it 
into practical use. They have delicate and finely tuned 
nervous systems, which makes them intuitive and discrim- 

As with Cancer, nervous tension, anxiety, and emo- 
tional stress are Virgo's worst enemies. People of this sign 
can literally worry themselves sick. When things go wrong 
they have a tendency to turn the trouble in onto them- 
selves, and the problem is instantly reflected in a physical 
ailment, usually intestinal. 

Virgoans have fussy digestive systems, and suffer from 
indigestion, gas pains, ulcers, liver upsets, colitis, and 
bowel problems. In addition, they are often troubled by 
skin eruptions, again due to nerves. Virgoans worry about 
their health; they tend to be hypochondriacs. 

Virgo's ruling planet Mercury has dominion over the 
brain and the nervous system. It also controls the links be- 
tween the mind and the functions of the body. This inten- 
sifies Virgo's proclivity for turning mental tension and up- 
sets into illness of the body. 

Diet and Health Tips for Virgo 

Virgoans have to coddle their sensitive digestive sys- 
tems. A proper diet is essential to good health and to keep- 
ing up energy. In addition, food should not be highly sea- 
soned, spicy, laden with sauces or gravies, or fried. 

Virgo's cell salt is potassium sulphate, which regulates 
oil in the body, carries oxygen to cells, and is essential to 
muscle contraction. This mineral keeps the skin pores un- 
clogged and ventilated. Lack of potassium sulphate in the 
diet causes dandruff, hair loss, eczema, acne, and dry, flaky 
skin and hair. A deficiency also leads to extreme fatigue 
and constipation. Foods high in this mineral that Virgoans 
need are green leafy vegetables (endive, chicory, romaine), 
whole wheat and whole-grain breads, wheat germ oil, oats, 
almonds, cheese, oranges, bananas, lemons, lean beef, and 
lamb. Healthy foods that are easy to digest are corn bread, 
yogurt, brown rice, eggs, and cottage cheese. Melons, ap- 
ples, pears, and papaya are particularly good for Virgoans, 
and lemon juice in the diet will ease skin eruptions and 
dandruff. Honey should be used as a sweetener instead of 
sugar. Herb teas soothe upset stomachs. Virgoans love 
chocolate, which unfortunately does not love them; it 
causes upsets of the skin and digestive system. They do not 
tolerate drugs well, and medicine should be taken only un- 
der a doctor's supervision. 

Sunshine (in moderate amounts), mild exercise, and 
periods of relaxation are important for Virgo. It's hard not 
to worry when one is a worrier, but it helps to get away 
from it all and think about something else. 

Virgo's Erogenous Zone 

As a prelude to love, a playful tete-a-tete in the bath is 
just the thing to please Virgo. One reason: Virgo is very at- 
tracted to cleanliness. While in the bath, gently lave Virgo's 


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stomach area with a sponge, soap, and warm water. For 
Virgoans, the entire stomach area is responsive to erotic 
touching, kissing, and stroking. They also enjoy the feeling 
of a spray of warm water over this area. A handheld 
shower nozzle will do the trick nicely. 

In bed it is very easy to arouse Virgo sexually with this 
massage: 1) Begin by slowly and gently stroking the ab- 
domen, starting just under the chest and going down to 

the top of the legs. Use your fingertips and cover the entire 
area. 2) Using a featherlight touch, stroke long lines from 
the navel to the genitals with your fingertip. Do the same 
thing using just fingernails and scarcely touching flesh. 3) 
Moving in a large circle, stroke the stomach area with your 
fingertips, describing smaller and smaller circles until you 
are at the rim of the navel. 

By this time Virgo is your slave. 


Part of the Body Ruled by Libra 

The sign of Libra rules the kidneys, lumbar region 
(which includes the lower spine and back), and the but- 
tocks. Libra women tend to have graceful lower spines and 
curvaceous buttocks, and Libra men have well-shaped, 
muscular backs. As a rule, natives of this sign enjoy good 
health, although sometimes in adolescence it is delicate 
and then balances out in adulthood. 

Venus, the planet that rules Libra, holds sway over skin, 
hair, and veins, as well as the throat, kidneys, and lumbar 
region. Librans are known for their fine (though sensitive) 
skin, pleasing features, and good bone structure. When 
called upon, their energy level can keep up with the best, 
although they are usually slow starters in the morning. 

Librans are prone toward weakness in the lower back, 
and this is the first place in the body to suffer when Li- 
brans overexert themselves. They also are predisposed to- 
ward kidney ailments and skin breakouts. In winter they 
may be afflicted with cold hands and feet because of poor 

In many ways, their health is influenced by their sur- 
roundings and relationships. Any disturbance, dissension, 
or disagreement makes Librans wretchedly unhappy and 
undermines their ability to work or function. 

Diet and Health Tips for Libra 

Balance is the key to Libra's health and well-being — 
balanced diet, balance of work and recreation, and bal- 
anced relationships with other people. 

Libra's cell salt is sodium phosphate, which equalizes 
the balance of acids and alkalis in the body and rids the 
body of waste material. It's important for Librans to keep a 
proper balance between acids and alkali in the body, for 
too much acidity will interfere with proper kidney func- 
tion. The skin is a good indicator of whether more sodium 
phosphate is needed in the diet: Skin tends to get yellowish 
and sallow when there is a deficiency. Good food sources 
for this mineral are strawberries, apples, raisins, almonds, 
asparagus, peas, corn, carrots, spinach, beets, radishes, 
tomatoes, wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal. Librans func- 


tion best with a high-protein diet that is low in fat, sugar, 
and acid-producing foods. They should eat lots of broiled 
fish, seafood, and poultry (not too much beef or pork), 
low-fat cheeses, yogurt, plenty of fresh fruits and vegeta- 
bles, salad greens, and whole-grain breads. 

Librans's sensitive skins immediately show the effect of 
lack of sleep, rich food, and too much champagne. They 
should drink plenty of water to keep their systems flushed 
out and free of toxins, and should avoid alcohol and car- 
bonated drinks, which are bad for the kidneys. They 
should also use caution when trying new skin prepara- 
tions, many of which cause the skin to break out. Mild ex- 
ercise, especially back exercises, will strengthen a weak 
lower back and keep the body supple. Good posture will 
free Librans from vague aches and pains in the back. 

In general, Librans should try to surround themselves 
with beautiful things, pleasant music, and harmonious 
people. This is good advice for everyone, but emphatically 
important for Librans. 

Libras Erogenous Zone 

If you want to get on more intimate terms with Libra, 
try unobtrusively caressing his or her lower back when 

dancing or strolling together. The small of the back and 
the buttocks are very sensitive. When the relationship has 
progressed to the point where you are both in the bath or 
shower together, pay particular attention with a sponge or 
washcloth to Libra's lower back and buttocks. Gently 
sponge this area and lave with warm water until the skin is 

Both male and female of this sign are very partial to 
having their buttocks rubbed, fondled, patted, and gently 
pinched. An erotic massage technique that is sure to put 
Libra into the mood for love is: 1) With Libra lying face- 
down, begin the massage by gently clutching one buttock 
in each hand and moving them in a circular motion. 2) 
With fingertips barely touching flesh, stroke buttocks up 
and down with featherlight touches. 3) Do the same, using 
just fingernails. 4) Using four fingers of each hand, place 
fingertips lightly on the buttocks, one finger at a time. 
Move quickly and lightly so that all the fingertips touch 
the skin in rapid succession. Position hands so that the 
fingertips will land in the cleft between the buttocks. 

By now Libra will be sexually aroused. 


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Part of the Body Ruled by Scorpio 

The sign of Scorpio rules the sexual organs. Symboli- 
cally, this part of the anatomy represents life-giving force, 
and Scorpio people are renowned for their fund of energy 
and imagination. They have a reputation for being highly 
sexed, passionate, and possessive, the kind who do nothing 
halfway. A healthy sex life is essential to their well-being. 
Scorpio people even take out their anger in sexual ways; 
they use or withhold sex as a weapon. Sexual frustration or 
suppression of their intense feelings results in erratic and 
cruel behavior on their part. 

Natives of this sign are prone to problems and infec- 
tions of the sex organs. Skin eruptions on the genitals, cys- 
titis and diseases of the urinary tract, and venereal infec- 
tions are ailments to which Scorpios are most susceptible. 

In addition, Scorpio people are subject to ill health 
brought on by emotional difficulties. Their intense natures 
brood and seethe over insults and injuries (often imag- 
ined). They seem unable to rest and relax, and as a result 
may suffer from exhaustion. 

The sign of Scorpio is ruled by the planet Pluto, which 
governs the formation of cells and the reproductive func- 
tion of the body. Thus, Scorpio's link with sex and regener- 
ative forces is strengthened. As a rule, Scorpios have 
strong, voluptuous bodies and excellent recuperative pow- 
ers — though some astrologers have remarked on the fact 
that more people born under Scorpio come to a violent 
and unexpected end than do natives of other signs. It's 

been said that Scorpios look old when they are young, and 
young when they are old. 

Diet and Health Tips for Scorpio 

A healthful diet is important for Scorpio people in or- 
der to keep up their energy and a positive outlook on life. 
When problems strike they have a tendency to overindulge 
in alcohol and forget about food, which in turn makes 
them more unhappy, listless, and ill. 

Scorpios have a problem handling liquor. Of all the 
signs in the zodiac, alcohol has the worst and most imme- 
diate effects on Scorpio's looks and skin. It is toxic for their 
system, it intensifies their already volatile emotions, and 
most Scorpios don't know how to say no to a second 

Scorpio's cell salt is calcium sulphate, which is the 
prime factor in the repair of tissues and resistance to infec- 
tious diseases. The nose, mouth, throat, esophagus, repro- 
ductive organs, and intestinal pathways need this mineral 
for healthy functioning. A deficiency opens the way to 
colds and sinus infections that hang on forever, skin erup- 
tions that do not heal, and infertility. Foods rich in cal- 
cium sulphate that Scorpios should include in their diet 
are asparagus, kale, cauliflower, radishes, onions, parsnips, 
watercress, tomatoes, figs, prunes, black cherries, and co- 
conuts. Scorpios need calcium foods such as milk, cheese, 
yogurt, and cottage cheese. They should concentrate on a 
diet high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole- 
grain breads. The following are particularly good for Scor- 


pio: fish and seafood, green salads, beets, escarole, ro- 
maine, brussels sprouts, artichokes, lentils, wheat germ, al- 
monds, walnuts, citrus fruit, berries, apples, bananas, and 
pineapples. Scorpios should not eat large meals, and the 
evening meal should be light. Bottled spring water is often 
better for them to drink than regular tap water. 

In general, Scorpio people need rest and recreation, ex- 
ercise, and peaceful surroundings. Born under a water 
sign, they benefit from sea travel, vacations at the 
seashore, and long soaks in warm baths. 

Scorpio's Erogenous Zone 

The genitals are everyone's erogenous zone, but for 
Scorpio the genitals are where sexual energy is exclusively 
focused and concentrated. Scorpio starts off with intense 
sexual feelings, and genital contact adds fuel to the fire. 
Even a light fingering of Scorpio's genital area will turn 
him or her into a volcano of passion. 

There is almost no wrong way to touch and fondle 
Scorpio's genitals, unless you are inflicting pain. The fol- 
lowing technique of erotic touching is one good way to 
begin sexual arousal: Using fingertips or fingernails, stroke 
very lightly starting at one knee, up one thigh across the 
genitals, and down the other thigh to just short of the 
other knee. Repeat in the opposite direction, but this time 
shorten the stroke by a few inches. Continue making each 
stroke shorter and shorter until you are just inches away 
from the genitals. 

Since much of the excitement in erotic touching 
comes from anticipation, any manual or oral stimulation 
of the genitals should be done very slowly, and you 
should not always follow through as expected. "Teasing" 
with your fingertips can spur Scorpio on to the sexual 

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Part of the Body Ruled by Sagittarius 

The sign of Sagittarius rules the hips, the thighs, and 
the liver. In human anatomy the hips and thighs represent 
locomotion and volition, and it should not be surprising 
that most Sagittarians are active people who love freedom, 
fresh air, sunshine, and the great outdoors. Physical activ- 
ity is a must; they will stagnate and become ill if they don't 
get enough exercise. 

Both men and women tend to have long, well-shaped 
legs. Sagittarians are graceful, coordinated, and well-devel- 
oped and are often described as having a buoyant walk. In- 
deed, walking is their favorite form of relaxation and exer- 

Though usually lean and slender in their early years, 
they have a tendency to put on weight as they get older. In 
Sagittarian women the weight unfortunately seems to set- 
tle on the hips and thighs. 

Sagittarians are likely to incur injuries and ailments of 
the hips and thighs. The upper legs are the first part of the 
body to tire and weaken when Sagittarians are under 
strain. They often have chronic aches in the hips and 
thighs, and are very susceptible to fractures, sprains, and 
bruising in this area. They are vulnerable to sciatica, gout, 
hip disease, and sometimes lameness. 

Sagittarius's ruling planet Jupiter governs the liver. In 
addition, recent astrologers have traced Jupiter's influence 
on the pituitary gland. The pituitary, known as the "master 
gland," regulates hormone production and physical 

growth. Sagittarians tend to have an active, sensitive liver 
that instantly suffers from overuse of alcohol. They are also 
susceptible to hepatitis. 

With a minimum amount of care, however, they enjoy 
long, healthy lives. There are more octogenarians who were 
born under Sagittarius than under any other sign. 

Diet and Health Tips for Sagittarius 

Proper diet is important for on-the-go Sagittarians. A 
poor diet heavy in fats, starches, and alcohol places an ex- 
tra burden on Sagittarius's sensitive liver and makes it 
harder for them to sustain a high energy level. 

Sagittarius's cell salt is silica, which strengthens the 
nervous system, keeps the connective brain tissue healthy, 
and prevents numbness in fingers, legs, and feet. Defi- 
ciency of this mineral results in lank hair, dull skin, and 
sores and receding of the gums. Best sources for the silica 
that Sagittarians need are the skins of fruits and vegetables, 
raw salads, green peppers, figs, prunes, strawberries, pears, 
apples, potatoes, oats, the husks of grains, whole-grain ce- 
reals, and egg yolk. Foods that particularly do not agree 
with Sagittarius are fats, gravies, cream, butter, candy, and 
chocolate. They should go very easy on alcoholic bever- 
ages, to avoid damage not only to the liver but also to the 
skin, which coarsens and ages under the effects of liquor. 
To keep their weight at optimum level Sagittarians should 
eat a high-protein diet, with lots of broiled poultry and 
fish, fresh vegetables and fruit (such as brussels sprouts, 
beets, tomatoes, asparagus, plums, cherries, oranges, and 

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lemons), eggs, skim milk, yogurt, brown rice, and whole 

Sagittarius people need constant mental stimulation, 
which can lead them to overwork and overplay. More than 
most people, Sagittarians have to have recreation and ex- 
ercise, but moderation is the keyword. They should avoid 
the blistering effects of sun and wind, for their skin is apt 
to be quite thin and tender. 

Other good tips: they should drink lots of pure water, 
avoid smoking tobacco (which constricts blood vessels), 
eat four mini-meals a day rather than three large ones, 
and be careful when walking, riding, or participating in 
sports. Injuries to the hips and thighs are common among 
people born under this sign. 

In general, Sagittarians are healthy and optimistic, re- 
cuperate quickly from illness, and keep their good looks 
and sparkling smiles well into old age. 

Sagittarius s Errogenous Zone 

The hips and thighs are special erotic areas for Sagit- 
tarians. They like to be touched and caressed in these 

places. Both male and female enjoy kisses, nibbles and del- 
icate fingering along the inside of the thighs and around 
the hips. 

Try giving Sagittarius a rubdown of the upper legs 
with warm body oil. He or she is sure to find it sexually 
arousing. Use circular motions on the hips and vertical 
strokes on the thighs. 

Another erotic massage technique is to begin stroking 
the outside of Sagittarius's thighs with four fingers while 
exploring the inside of the thighs with your thumbs. 
Stroke upward toward the genitals. Then stroke the inside 
of the thighs with the palm of your hand. Switch to using 
fingertips or fingernails and just barely touch the skin. 
Stroke upward along the inner thigh so that your finger- 
tips touch the thighs and your knuckles brush against the 

By this time erotic sensations are shooting up the spine 
of your Sagittarius. 


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Part of the Body Ruled by Capricorn 

The sign of Capricorn rules the bones, joints, knees, 
and teeth. Capricorns are known for their beautiful bone 
structure and stately carriage. Capricorn women often 
have a striking angular beauty, especially in their facial 
bones, which makes them very photogenic. Both men and 
women have strong constitutions, vigorous and enduring, 
capable of withstanding stress and illness. Their health 
seems to get better as they get older. Along with Leo and 
Sagittarius, Capricorn is noted for its longevity. 

Capricorn's bones, joints, and knees, however, are vul- 
nerable to accidents, fractures, bumps, bruises, and cuts. 
The knees tire more easily than other parts of the body. 
Many Capricorns complain of a bothersome trick knee 
and of bone aches throughout the body. Chief dangers to 
Capricorn are rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, stiff joints, 
and orthopedic problems. 

Capricorn's ruling planet Saturn holds sway over the 
gallbladder, spleen, bones, skin, and teeth. Capricorns usu- 
ally have good-looking teeth, but they require a great deal 
of care and dentistry. The skin tends to be dry and sensi- 

Capricorn people are inclined to be introspective, 
moody, and depressed. Ill health and indefinable aches and 
pains can be brought on by their negative emotions. Worry 
drains their energy and spirits. Capricorns tend to have 
trouble with the demon drink. 

Diet and Health Tips for Capricorn 

A diet high in protein and calcium is a must for Capri- 
corn in order to keep the bones, skin, and teeth in prime 
condition. Capricorns tend to do things in excess. They 
overwork, skip meals, then eat too much at one time. They 
should go easy on the highly seasoned and spicy food they 
are fond of, for it causes intestinal upsets. Gloomy Capri- 
corns often seek solace in alcohol, which they do not han- 
dle well. 

Capricorn's cell salt is calcium phosphate, which is the 
most important element in bone formation and composi- 
tion of the skeleton. Lack of calcium phosphate causes 
rickets, misshapen bones, spinal curvature, tooth disorders, 
and pains in the joints. Foods rich in this mineral that 
Capricorns need are oranges, lemons, figs, celery, cabbage, 
kale, dandelion greens, spinach, broccoli, corn, peas, pota- 
toes, walnuts, almonds, whole wheat, oats, and brown rice. 
Capricorns should include in their diet every day a fresh 
raw salad, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, fish, 
eggs, and whole-grain breads. They need lots of calcium 
foods, such as cheese, buttermilk, and yogurt. Capricorns 
tend to get into a rut about food likes and dislikes, and of- 
ten eat the same things every day. They should try to vary 
their diet with different vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish. 

They are bothered by dry, itchy skin, especially in win- 
tertime. Oils from apricots, sesame, and almond are sooth- 
ing and moisturizing, and drinking plenty of water will 
keep the skin clear and plump. Eating chocolate and re- 


fined sugar is bad for Capricorn's skin. They should never 
overdo when sunbathing, for their skin will quickly take 
on the patina of old cracked leather. 

Other tips for Capricorn: They should keep warm and 
wrapped up in cold, damp weather. If they surround 
themselves with color, flowers, soothing music, and pleas- 
ant people, their mood should lighten. They should strive 
for good posture, sit up straight, and loosen their gait. 
Warm baths, moderate exercise, and long walks in the 
country are very relaxing for Capricorn. 

Capricorn s Erogenous Zone 

The special erotic area for Capricorn is the knees. 
Capricorn's slumbering passions are instantly awakened if 

you gently brush, stroke, fondle, or kiss the area around 
the knees. 

Either male or female Capricorn will be sexually stim- 
ulated by a sensual massage that starts in the small of the 
lower back. Use your fingertips or fingernails, and stroke 
lightly, just touching the skin. Make long strokes from the 
lower back, down along the buttocks, the backs of the 
thighs, and on to the backs of the knees. Return the same 
way, but this time shorten the stroke. Keep shortening 
your featherlight strokes until they are concentrated 
around the back of the knees. A variation would be to use 
your tongue and lips in slow short circles on the skin 
around the knees. 

The effect on Capricorn is volcanic! 



Part of the Body Ruled by Aquarious 

The sign of Aquarius rules the circulatory system and 
the shins, calves, and ankles. The lower leg represents ac- 
tive locomotion, and Aquarius people are characterized as 
progressive and forward-thinking. They are generally 
strong and healthy, with good coordination, well-shaped 
legs, and slender ankles. They tend to be very active men- 
tally, more than they are physically, and there is a slight 
tendency to put on weight if they are not careful. Often 
their health will take an unexpected sudden turn for the 
worse, and just as quickly reverse again. Their illnesses 
come on without apparent reason. 

The lower part of the legs and ankles is an area that is 
very susceptible for Aquarians. At times, their ankles swell 
and cause problems. They are prone to varicose veins and 
cramps in the lower legs. Accidents, cuts, bruises, sprains, 
and fractures are suffered more frequently on the shins, 
calves, and ankles than on other parts of the body. They 
suffer circulatory problems, hardening of the arteries, ane- 
mia, and low blood pressure. Cold weather is particularly 
hard on Aquarians, and they are prone to frostbite. 

Uranus, Aquarius's ruling planet, governs the circula- 
tory system and the pineal gland. The exact purpose and 
function of the pineal gland, which is found at the base of 
the skull, remains unknown. The ancients called it the 


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"seat of the soul," and thought it was what remained of 
man's "third eye." The sign of Aquarius is associated with 
the concept of unusual and mystical knowledge. 

Diet and Health Tips for Aquarius 

Aquarians need a healthy diet to maintain vitality and 
to keep their weight at the perfect level. Aquarius people 
like to immerse themselves in projects and activities, and 
that leaves little time for balanced meals. They are inveter- 
ate snackers, and often eat the wrong things while on the 

Aquarius's cell salt is sodium chloride, which is com- 
mon table salt. This does not mean, however, that Aquari- 
ans should heavily salt the food they eat. That will only 
lead to bloating, kidney disorders, hardening of the arter- 
ies, and problems with sluggish circulation. On the other 
hand, lack of sodium chloride in the blood results in dehy- 
dration. Aquarians need to absorb sodium chloride natu- 
rally, by eating the right foods. These include ocean fish, 
lobster, tuna, clams, oysters, spinach, radishes, celery, cab- 
bage, lettuce, corn, romaine, squash, lentils, almonds, 
pecans, walnuts, apples, peaches, pears, lemons, and or- 
anges. Aquarians should follow a diet that limits fattening 
foods and is high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, 
and whole-grain breads. Fruits high in vitamin C will keep 
the veins in their legs healthy. Other foods that are very 
good for Aquarians are chicken, veal, beets, broccoli, car- 
rots, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, pineapple, pome- 
granates, figs, dates, brown rice, buckwheat, whole wheat, 
yogurt, and natural cheeses. 

Fresh air and exercise are very important for Aquarians 
in order to relieve tension and rev up energy. They should 
take great care, however, when doing anything that might 
injure the calves and ankles. Brisk walks are excellent, for 
that gets circulation going in the legs. Aquarians should 
not run even when they are in a hurry; they are likely to 
trip and fall. Puffiness in the legs and ankles can be coun- 
teracted by elevating the legs, and an afternoon nap keeps 
up vitality. They should cut down on coffee, which makes 
them nervous. 

Aquarians are apt to get gray hair fairly early in life; 
they shouldn't worry that this means the onset of prema- 
ture old age! 

Aquarius's Erogenous Zone 

The sensitive area is the calves and ankles. Touching, 
rubbing, fondling, or kissing this part of the anatomy will 
significantly arouse Aquarius's sexual desire. 

Absentmindedly caress the ankle, moving up to the 
calf, and see how quickly Aquarius responds. Aquarians 
love having their lower legs and ankles laved with a sponge 
while reclining in a bath. 

As a preliminary move to lovemaking, give Aquarius an 
erotic massage. Use your fingertips or fingernails, and 
stroke ever so gently. Begin at the ankles, and slowly de- 
scribe circles around the ankle bone. Make long strokes up 
the calves until you reach the knees. The area in back of 
the calves is particularly sensitive. 

While making love, any position that allows contact 
with the calf and the ankle will increase Aquarius's sexual 

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Part of the Body Ruled by Pisces 

The sign of Pisces rules the feet and toes and the mu- 
cous membranes. Pisceans are noted for their graceful, 
well-shaped feet, and many become excellent dancers. Their 
senses of taste and smell are exceptionally acute. In general, 
health is not robust in Pisces. Natives of this sign tend to 
have delicate constitutions that do not easily fight off dis- 
ease. They are vulnerable to colds, sinus trouble, and water 
retention in the body. Pisceans have sensitive, emotional 
personalities, and illness is frequently emotionally based. 

The feet tend to be a source of trouble for Pisces peo- 
ple. They find it difficult to do work that requires long 
hours of standing. Many suffer from corns and bunions. 
Ill-fitting shoes are particularly troublesome, for many Pis- 
ceans cannot seem to find shoes that will properly fit their 
sensitive feet. They usually kick off their shoes at the first 
opportunity and walk in slippers or barefooted. Pisceans 
are prone to athlete's foot and other fungus infections. 
Gout often afflicts the toes. Bruised, stubbed, or broken 
toes are also common injuries to Pisceans. 

Neptune, the planet that rules Pisces, acts on the gen- 
eral nervous system and specifically on the thalamus. The 
thalamus is the part of the brain that transmits stimuli to 
and from the sensory organs. 

Pisces people are especially sensitive to stimuli around 
them. They are very impressionable, and often involved in 
creative work, music, art, and drama. Unfortunately, they 
easily fall prey to the influence of alcohol and drugs. 

Diet and Health Tips for Pisces 

Pisceans are attracted to glamorous living, which often 
includes overindulging in eating and drinking and keeping 
late hours. The key to their good health is to establish 
moderate habits. With a minimum of care — a well-bal- 
anced diet, moderate exercise, rest — Pisceans can feel 
younger than they are and keep their good looks well into 
old age. 

Pisces's cell salt is ferrum phosphate, which is iron. Iron 
is needed for the manufacture of hemoglobin in the 
bloodstream. Hemoglobin is the essential element in the 
red blood cell and is responsible for the transport of oxy- 
gen from the lungs to other body cells. Lack of iron in the 
system leads to anemia, low blood pressure, inflamma- 
tions, glandular problems, and heart irregularities. 

Foods rich in iron that Pisceans should include in their 
diet are liver, lean beef, lamb, egg yolks, oysters, kidneys, 
whole-grain cereals, barley, dried beans, beet tops, spinach, 
onions, lettuce, raisins, dates, prunes, apricots, peaches, 
grapes, apples, lemons, and oranges. Pisceans function best 
with a high-protein diet that is low in fat and sugar. Lean 
broiled meat, chicken and fish, natural cheeses, yogurt, and 
nuts are excellent sources of protein. They should cut 
down on table salt, for this makes bloat (something Pis- 
ceans are quite prone to). Coffee overstimulates Pisces and 
should be cut down to a bare minimum. 

Pisceans are particularly susceptible to the effects of al- 
cohol, which will age a native of this sign quicker than one 

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of any other in the zodiac. Caution: Drugs and medicine 
should be taken by Pisceans only under the supervision of 
a doctor. 

Pisces people need lots of rest to keep up vitality, 
which tends to be low. Wonderful exercises are swimming 
and dancing; both will keep them fit and glowing. They 
should take extra care of their feet and wear comfortable, 
well-fitting shoes. A warm footbath before going to bed 
will aid relaxation and a good night's sleep. They should 
never walk around with wet feet or sit on the beach in a 
wet bathing suit. 

Pisces's Erogenous Zone 

The feet are the special area for Pisces that is sensitive 
to erotic touch. The practice of reflexology is based on a 
school of thought that maintains that the foot represents 
the body in microcosm — that different parts of the foot 
correspond to various parts of the body. Thus, massaging, 
touching, and treating different parts of the foot can stim- 
ulate and treat the whole body. If this theory is valid, it 
should be particularly true for Pisces. 

You can use massage on Pisces's feet both to induce re- 

laxation and to increase sexual desire. Here is a relaxing 
technique: 1 ) Grasp all five toes and bend them toward 
and then away from the ankle. Repeat ten times. 2) Using 
thumbs and fingers, knead and rub the soles of the feet. 
Knead the top of the foot, using lighter pressure. 3) Gently 
pinch and knead the Achilles tendon. 4) Grasp the foot 
with both hands and gently wring, starting near the toes 
and working up to the ankle. 

The best beginning to an erotic massage is a foot soak 
in warm, scented water. Follow up with an application of 
skin lotion all over the feet and toes, paying special atten- 
tion to the soles of the feet and to the skin between the 
toes. Then, using just fingertips or fingernails, gently caress 
the heel and arch. At the ankle bone, use a featherlight cir- 
cular motion with your fingertips. Move around to the top 
of the foot and then down to the toes. If you rub Pisces's 
toes between the pads of your fingers, you will send a very 
definite sexual message. 

Pisceans often use their feet to enhance the act of love. 
Pisces woman will gently masturbate her lover using the 
balls of her feet. Male Pisces gets added stimulation by 
rubbing his feet over the vaginal area. 

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Part Two 




Everyone is a moon and has a dark side 

That he never shows to anyone. 

Sybil Leek 

The position of the M o on in your horoscope is second only in importance to the position of the 
Sun. The Sun sign is the part of you that is most apparent on the surface; it is what others see. The Moon 
sign is the part of you that you see. 

In astrology the Moon stands for emotions, instincts, the unconscious. Whereas the Sun represents your will, 
the Moon represents your instinctive reactions. Evangeline Adams, the most famous astrologer of the early 
twentieth century, wrote that the Sun signifies your individuality and the Moon signifies your personality. Other 
astrologers define the Sun's influence as a vital force and the Moon as an unconscious force. In essence, the 
Moon represents the side of you that reacts before you have time to think. 

The distinction in astrology between the influence of the Sun and the Moon is a forerunner of Sigmund 
Freud's theory of the ego and the id in human personality. According to Freud, the ego is a person's conscious- 
ness (symbolized in astrology by the Sun), and the id represents a person's instinct (the Moon). 

In many ways your Moon personality is the one you keep hidden. Human beings tend to disapprove of in- 
stinctive behavior. We call it uncivilized, primitive, animalistic. Thus, in certain respects, your Moon personality 
is a part of yourself that you find disturbing. It is your inner core, which feels hate and jealousy, broods and is 
fearful, and has fantasies that you often deny even to yourself. 

Of course, this is not the complete picture of the Moon's influence on your personality. It is also your Moon 
side that can spontaneously feel and express joy and pleasure, the side that reacts to emotional stimuli. It is the 
part of you that enjoys the little sensualities of life — the perfumed aroma of flowers, the smell of the grass after 
it rains, the delight of a long, hot shower. The Moon is inextricably linked to what might be called your reaction 


to your environment, for the Moon has rulership over the 
five senses — sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. 

In astrology, the meaning of the Moon can become 
very esoteric. The Moon also stands for infancy, child- 
hood, your dreams, memory, and your past. All these 
words might be summed up as your inner psyche. As the 
astrologer Landis Knight Green says, "The Moon is the 
threshold of the subconscious." Often your Moon person- 
ality is expressed in dreams — both the daydreams you 
brush aside as you go on with your daily responsibilities 
and the sleeping dreams that haunt your waking hours. 

Because the Moon holds dominion over the emotional 
sphere, it influences your receptivity to others and also 
how others feel about you. Obviously, therefore, the Moon 
is an extremely important factor in love relationships. A 
strong and lasting bond is indicated in a relationship 
when the woman has her Moon in the same sign in which 
a man has his Sun. For example, if he is a Scorpio Sun 
sign and she has her Moon in Scorpio, they have an excel- 
lent chance of a long relationship because each will have a 
deep understanding of the other. 

Many people ask me, "How can two people who have 
the same Sun sign be so different from each other?" I usu- 
ally answer this question by asking another question: 
"What are the Moon signs of these two people?" 

Let's take a brief look at two well-known Sagittarian 
entertainers: Woody Allen and Bette Midler. They were 
born on the same day, December 1 — Woody Allen in 1935 
and Bette Midler in 1944. In both people we see the strong 
Sagittarius qualities of humor, independence, frankness, 
and a candid openness of expression. Woody Allen has a 
brilliant, funny, barbed wit that appeals to intellectuals. He 
is an auteur who produces, writes, directs, and stars in his 

own films made totally outside the studio system. Bette 
Midler began her career doing over-the-edge comedy rou- 
tines in the bathhouses of lower Manhattan, playing to 
mostly homosexual audiences. She has gone on to major 
stardom in films, stage, and television, as a comedian, 
singer, and dramatic actress — always playing someone a 
bit outrageous, wacky, and rule-bending. Both entertain- 
ers have had long careers in which they broke free of 
boundaries and expressed their forward-thinking ideas 
through a sense of humor. 

Let's look further: Woody Allen has his Moon in 
Aquarius. He displays the rebellious attitude of the free- 
thinking Aquarius-Moon person who lives life his own 
way. In his politics, creative work, and private life he is 
controversial, radical, and progressive. He also exhibits the 
emotional detachment of an Aquarius Moon. His film 
roles are not deeply passionate; his characters speak tren- 
chantly about the human condition, but don't grab the 
audience's emotions. Instead, they offer Aquarian intellec- 
tual stimulation and tickle the funnybone. Aquarius- 
Moon people can coldly break off relationships, and the 
public has witnessed this in Woody Allen's ongoing private 
soap operas with the women in his life. 

Bette Midler has her Moon in Cancer, and in her we 
see an emotional quality. She communicates great feeling 
in her work, and her characters exhibit a certain Cancer- 
ian vulnerability. She plays lovable, spunky, and endearing 
women who reach out and care for others (a Cancer- 
Moon specialty). As a singer, Bette Midler has recorded hit 
songs that have a deeply emotional appeal, including "The 
Wind Beneath My Wings," a song about being supported 
by love (a Cancer-Moon theme). In her private life (which 
in Cancer-Moon fashion she keeps private), she has been 

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in a stable and enduring marriage and raised a family. 

Throughout history the Moon has been studied, 
revered, and worshipped. In ancient civilizations the Moon 
deity (usually a goddess) reigned side by side with the Sun. 
In some religions the Moon was even more powerful than 
the Sun because it dispensed wisdom and spiritual knowl- 
edge. The Romans set aside a sacred feast day for the 
Moon. The name for it persists to modern times, though 
we now call it Monday rather than Moon Day. 

Scientists are still studying the Moon's power over 
plant life, tides, emotions, fertility, menstruation, bio- 
rhythms, and crime. Astrologers continue to find new and 
subtle ways in which the Moon influences our daily lives. 

The Moon in your horoscope modifies your Sun sign; 
it brings new forces, different motivations, and special ele- 
ments to the character of your Sun sign. Your Sun sign 
personality and Moon sign personality are a blend, a mar- 
riage. As in a marriage, disparate elements sometimes 
work together to form a compatible partnership, each 
lending the other its strengths. But sometimes there is 
conflict in which opposing traits collide with each other. 

If you feel that you are in constant conflict with your- 

self — if you feel you are two different people torn and 
pulled by each other — astrology can help you. Study both 
your Sun sign and Moon sign. Learn the positive and neg- 
ative sides to these signs and try to recognize these ele- 
ments within yourself. You may find that with a deeper 
understanding of the forces that motivate you, you will 
learn to be less hard on yourself and to reconcile what 
seems to be a confusing whirl of contradictions. On the 
other hand, if your Sun and Moon are in the same sign, 
you will probably find the characteristics of that sign dou- 
bly reinforced in your personality. 

Know thyself. This is what the ancient Greeks carved on 
the temple at Delphi. It is an ideal that human beings have 
struggled toward for thousands of years. It is what astrol- 
ogy can teach us. 


What Is Your Moon Sign? 

To find out your Moon sign, look up your year and month 
of birth in the Moon Tables starting on page 429. 

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Moon in Aries 

A Moon in Aries modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF ARIES MOON You are more energetic, enterprising, optimistic, open to change, idealistic. 
THE DARK SIDE OF ARIES MOON You are more impulsive, opinionated, domineering, impatient, vain. 

is cool and passive. This disparity gives great bril- 
liance and sharpness to the senses, but also results in a 
nervous temperament. If you have the Moon in Aries, you 
have a high-strung disposition. Your sense-impressions of 
the world around you are swift and instantaneous, and you 
never doubt them for a moment. As a result, you tend to 
be very sure of your opinions and don't like it when people 
question or contradict you. 

Patience is not your long suit. You won't spend time la- 
boriously wading through details; you prefer to plunge 
right in and see what happens. 

In the vibrant sign of Aries, the Moon endows you 
with charm, vivacity, and a special knack for getting others 
to do what you want. You are extremely fond of talking 
(about almost anything) and sound knowledgeable on a 
wide range of subjects. But you have a short attention 
span. Although enthusiasm and energy abound, the long, 
hard necessity of really performing often causes you to fall 
short of your goal. But you are quick to pick yourself up 
and move on to something new and exciting, leaving the 
old project to wither away. However, if you are pursuing a 
goal you really have your heart set on, you will drive your- 
self to the limit of your endurance. 

Where you really excel is on the social scene. You are 
able both to stimulate and to delight, and no party should 
be without the wit and sparkle of an Aries Moon. In addi- 
tion, you are generous when you feel kindly disposed to- 
ward someone. You give unselfishly of your time, atten- 
tion, concern, and even your money. However, a 
Moon-Arien who feels slighted or unappreciated will sulk 
and pout and complain about the world's harsh treatment. 

On the plus side, you have a great passion for life. A 
basic optimism underlies your personality, and unless your 
Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), you don't 
hold a grudge for long. Your most striking characteristic is 
a hatred of restriction. You will do what you want without 
any interference, thank you. Because you resent advice, you 
rarely are willing to listen to other people's opinions. This 
obviously has its drawbacks. But in a situation in which a 
decision must be made instantly, no one is more decisive 
and forceful than you. You perform best under pressure 
and handle emergencies as quickly as a firefighter answer- 
ing an alarm bell. 

In emotional relationships you struggle against being 
tied down or dominated. You have to be the one in con- 
trol. You demand freedom in a relationship, but this is ex- 
actly what you won't give in return. You insist on being the 

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center of your lover's attention. You want to be loved pas- 
sionately, and you want love to be always exciting and ro- 
mantic. If an affair dwindles into ordinariness, you quickly 
grow dissatisfied and restless. 

The sign of Aries symbolically represents a fork in the 
road, and the lives of Moon-in- Aries people are marked by 
sudden change. They often reach positions of authority 
and are successful in the world of business and govern- 
ment. As a Moon-Arien the essence of your emotional life 
is the love of the chase. You view life as a grand quest, and 
impulsively pursue love, success and attention from others. 
The chase, in fact, is far more satisfying than the prize it- 
self. Achieving the prize is never as thrilling as wanting the 
prize and galvanizing your energy into going after it. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, an Aries Moon 
confers a quality of self-confidence and an adventurous 

spirit that runs through your personality. If your Sun is in 
a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), an Aries Moon under- 
lines your impulsiveness and enhances your magnetic abil- 
ity to sway others; you have great dash and energy. If your 
Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), an Aries 
Moon bestows a shrewd intellect and persuasive powers of 
expression. If your Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, 
Capricorn), an Aries Moon accentuates your leadership 
ability and lends your personality a certain positiveness 
and advanced outlook. If your Sun is in a water sign (Can- 
cer, Scorpio, Pisces), an Aries Moon emphasizes imagina- 
tion and intensity; you have an increased ability to create 
striking original work. 

Whatever your Sun sign, an Aries Moon confers quick- 
ness of mind, an outspoken nature, and an inability to live 
under other people's strictures. 


Famous People with the Moon in Aries 

Dante Alighieri Charles de Gaulle Friedrich Nietzsche 
Leonard Bernstein Isadora Duncan Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 
Marlon Brando Bobby Fischer Albert Schweitzer 
Robert Browning Bill Gates Robespierre 
Al Capone Henry VIII Mark Twain 
Salvador Dali Whitney Houston Stevie Wonder 

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Moon in Taurus 

A Moon in Taurus modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF TAURUS MOON You are more trustworthy, determined, warm, affectionate, artistic. 
THE DARK SIDE OF TAURUS MOON You are more obstinate, possessive, rigid, overcautious, a slave to routine. 

The Moon is at its best in Taurus (in astrologi- 
cal terminology, the Moon is exalted in this sign). The 
stable sign of Taurus steadies and strengthens the Moon's 
otherwise changeable, erratic influence. The Moon in this 
position gives you great powers of concentration. You live 
your life the way you tackle a job: systematically and get- 
ting it done right. Whereas others complicate their lives, 
when you're confronted with a problem you look for the 
most effective way to deal with it, and even if it's person- 
ally painful for you, you get it handled. 

The sign of Taurus also brings out the quiet, reflective 
qualities of the Moon: you carefully ponder the sense- 
impressions you receive from the world around you before 
you reach a conclusion. With a Moon in Taurus you do 
not form opinions quickly and are quite the opposite of 
impressionable. It takes a while for you to come to a deci- 
sion — you must be sure of all the facts — but when you do 
there is no way to make you change your mind. One can't 
change a Moon-Arien's mind either, but the difference here 
is that Aries Moon quickly reaches its decision. With a 
Taurus Moon you take your time assimilating information. 
Once you have done that, you will purposefully, relent- 
lessly, and unchangeably follow your course. 

Taurus is the astrological sign of earthly possessions, 
and a Moon in Taurus indicates a person who is resource- 
ful, someone who gathers material things. As a Moon-in- 
Taurus person, you are also blessed in that you seem to 
have the least emotional problems of any Moon sign. This 
may be because Taurus is practical and positive in its out- 
look, as well as methodical, patient, and responsible. Small 
wonder that history is dotted with the achievements of lu- 
nar Taureans. A few among many are William Shakespeare, 
Karl Marx, and John Milton. 

The sign of Taurus is ruled by Venus, planet of ro- 
mance and the arts, and a Moon in this beauty-loving sign 
endows you with a keen artistic sense. You are romantic, 
have elegant manners, and usually display a distinctive 
style of dressing. The Moon is a sensual influence and in 
Taurus indicates a great love of creature comforts. You en- 
joy serene surroundings, the pleasures of a luxurious 
home, the joys of good dining. Although socially adept, 
you dislike big parties and large, noisy groups. Your idea of 
a wonderful evening is a small, candlelit dinner party at 
home with four close friends. 

In love, lunar Taureans are the one-man/one-woman 
type, and are happiest in a close, committed union. Some- 

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times it may seem otherwise (especially if the Sun is in a 
flirtatious or highly sexed sign), but at heart Taurus-Moon 
wants the comfort of a committed relationship. Your secu- 
rity is heightened by sharing your home and pleasures 
with the person you love and who, in turn, is devoted to 
you. You look for a true soulmate, and when you find him 
or her you happily and faithfully settle down. 

The other side of the coin is that a Moon-Taurean has 
a tendency to stay too long in an unhappy love affair or 
marriage. Because of your need for security and resistance 
to change, you shut yourself off from new experiences and 
settle for what you have. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Taurus- 
Moon qualities of patience and determination run 
through your character. If your Sun is in an earth sign 
(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), your remarkable endurance is 

underlined by the stability and persistence of a Taurus 
Moon; this is an excellent combination to achieve success 
and material wealth. If your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, 
Scorpio, Pisces), a Taurus Moon heightens your personal 
magnetism and gives strength and perseverance to your 
creative imagination. If your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, 
Libra, Aquarius), a Taurus Moon gives you firm resolve 
and inclines your intellectual powers toward practical, 
moneymaking pursuits. If your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, 
Leo, Sagittarius), a Taurus Moon adds to your physical 
strength and your fiery exuberance, and gives your person- 
ality great force and the ability to win popularity with the 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Taurus Moon gives you en- 
durance, a conservative outlook, and a sensitive, sensual 
personality that needs love and security. 

Famous People with the Moon in Taurus 

Bjorn Borg 
Bill Clinton 
Prince Charles 
F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Greta Garbo 
Billy Graham 
Che Guevara 

Katharine Hepburn 
Hubert Humphrey 
Mick lagger 
Carl Jung 
Frida Kahlo 
Peter Sellers 
Karl Marx 

John Milton 
Joe Namath 
Gregory Peck 
Ronald Reagan 
George Bernard Shaw 
William Shakespeare 
C. P. Snow 

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Moon in Gemini 

A Moon in Gemini modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF GEMINI MOON You are more versatile, witty, charming, lively, amusing. 

THE DARK SIDE OF GEMINI MOON You are more disorganized, inconsistent, superficial, cunning, manipulative. 

In the lively, restless sign of Gemini the 
Moon's sway becomes more mutable and erratic. This 
does not make all Moon-in-Gemini children flighty, frivo- 
lous, and frenetic, but almost always indicates an active 
mind, an imaginative and creative personality, and some- 
one who is inclined toward intellectual pursuits. If you 
have a Moon in this position you are extraordinarily quick 
to receive sensory impressions from the outside world. You 
rapidly sift through information and make your judg- 
ments. Because Gemini is a mental sign, your snap deci- 
sions tend to be more intellectual than emotional. It is not 
that you are unfeeling, simply that your immediate reac- 
tion to stimuli is on a mental plane. 

You are a fast learner, probably have a high IQ, and are 
an excellent critic, for you have an ability both to analyze 
and to verbalize. A Moon in the communicative sign of 
Gemini inclines you toward loquaciousness and endows 
you with great personal charm. You have enchanting vivac- 
ity that draws others to you. Conversations with you tend 
to run off on unexpected tangents and take sudden turns 
and reverses. At heart, a lunar Gemini is essentially restless 
and needs constant stimulation. If forced to be indoors or 
solitary or inactive, you are unhappy and should try to set 

aside a part of the day to get out and be among people. 

A Moon in Gemini makes you extremely impression- 
able to the changing scene around you. Skill in speaking 
and writing predisposes many lunar Geminis to become 
writers, teachers, and journalists. John Keats, Rudyard 
Kipling, Jack London, and George Bernard Shaw are only a 
few famous Moon-Geminis of the past. 

As a Moon-in-Gemini person you are always mentally 
assessing what you are feeling. You tend to dissect your 
feelings and emotions to analyze why you think this way or 
behave that way. The most famous lunar Gemini who pos- 
sessed this quality is Sigmund Freud. Freud also had his 
Sun in Taurus and Scorpio Rising, giving him extraordi- 
nary tenacity and depth of insight. 

You are quick-witted and vibrant, and when you come 
across a new fact or a different way of looking at some- 
thing, you are likely to undergo a change of mind. One 
can't count on your firm convictions, but your openness to 
life makes you a fascinating companion. 

In emotional relationships lunar Geminis display a cer- 
tain free spirit. Here is where you are most intensely rest- 
less. You resent being subject to the whims and vagaries of 
other people's emotions, and struggle to retain independ- 

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ence. At the same time, you search for the "perfect" love, 
which of course does not exist. If your would-be lover is 
elusive or hard to figure out, this especially piques your in- 
terest. The Moon-in-Gemini personality is high-strung. 
You have a streak of discontent that sometimes shows up 
as irritability and snappishness. On the other hand, you 
are amusing, witty, and have a wonderful sense of humor. 
When you are in the right mood you are a delight to be 

At times your talent can be stymied by the fact that 
you lose interest in things so quickly and drop what you so 
eagerly began. You thrive on travel, change, and meeting 
different kinds of personalities. In business, your best 
qualities are versatility and a winning way with people. 
You perform very well when linked in partnership with 
someone practical and hardheaded. Having to make a final 
decision is torture for you; you need a strong, decisive 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Gemini- 

Moon qualities of versatility and intellectualism can be 
discerned in your personality. If your Sun is in an air sign 
(Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), your keen intelligence is accen- 
tuated by a Gemini Moon and you have a superb gift of 
self-expression. If your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, 
Scorpio, Pisces), your emotional nature is sharpened by 
the Gemini-Moon mental acumen; you have strong cre- 
ative instincts and a talent for research. If your Sun is in an 
earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), a Gemini Moon 
gives you quickness of mind that you can use in a practical 
way in combination with your Sun sign persistency. If 
your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), a Gemini 
Moon bestows high mentality that combined with your 
passion and adventurism indicates superior leadership 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Moon in Gemini imparts a 
witty intellect, an independent spirit, and an imaginative 
sparkle to your personality. 

Famous People with the Moon in Gemini 

Fred Astaire 
loan Baez 
Brigitte Bardot 
lack Benny 
Pablo Casals 
Bette Davis 
Sigmund Freud 

Steffi Graf 
Buddy Holly 
John Keats 
Rudyard Kipling 
Gypsy Rose Lee 
Jack London 
Louis Pasteur 

Mary Pickford 
George Bernard Shaw 
Spencer Tracy 
Queen Victoria 
Barbara Walters 
Andy Warhol 
Christopher Wren 

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Moon in Cancer 

A Moon in Cancer modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF CANCER MOON You are more imaginative, sympathetic, protective, tenacious, loyal. 
THE DARK SIDE OF CANCER MOON You are more possessive, moody, critical, self-pitying, a nag. 

The Moon is in its natural home in Cancer, 
for this is the sign that the Moon rules. Here the best 
qualities of the Moon — devotion, patience, sensitivity — are 
brought out. The romantic, intuitive sign of Cancer and 
the sensuous, receptive Moon are in harmony with each 
other. If you have the Moon in Cancer you have strong 
emotions and perceive the world around you through your 
feelings rather than your intellect. However, because you 
do not openly show your feelings, it is sometimes difficult 
for others to figure out where they stand with you. 

In general, you are more receptive than active. You 
store away impressions, reactions, and information until 
the time comes when you can use them. Lunar Cancerians 
often excel in an artistic or literary way. Jean-Paul Sartre, 
Lord Byron, and Ethel Barrymore are famous and typical 
Moon-Cancerians. Imaginative and creative, you work best 
when you set your own pace and are not subject to the 
tyranny of time clocks. 

Any impression that sinks into your mind makes an in- 
delible mark. You have an extremely retentive memory. Lu- 
nar Cancerians are often found in professions where mem- 
ory plays an important role: historians, teachers, actors, 
writers. Famous Moon-Cancerians in these walks of life 

are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Benjamin Spock, 
Humphrey Bogart, and Harrison Ford. 

At heart, you are refined, delicate, and gentle. You may 
appear to be aggressive and forceful, especially if your Sun 
or Mars is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), but un- 
derneath you are vulnerable and easily hurt. You tend to let 
your feelings fester, and indeed, touchiness, moodiness, 
and a kind of quiet self-pity always lie near the surface. 
Though you are subject to greater mood swings than other 
Moon signs, your ups and downs don't last long. If you are 
left alone for a while, the dark clouds will soon blow away. 
One of the most striking characteristics of Cancer is the 
continual ebb and flow of emotions, which combined with 
the waxing and waning influence of the Moon produces 
quick shifts in temperament and at times makes you emo- 
tionally exhausted. 

You are at your best in a deep and committed love rela- 
tionship. Unfortunately, you often have to go through an 
unhappy love affair before you find the contentment and 
security you seek. Even though you are motivated strongly 
by your feelings, in a curious way you are also afraid of 
them. It is your nature to mistrust love, to feel you are 
somehow unworthy of someone else's devotion. You will 

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hold on too long to a relationship that's destructive be- 
cause deep in your psyche you don't believe you'll ever 
find another love. You also believe that to be alone is a fate 
worse than death. Very often early in life a Moon-in- 
Cancer person must go through an emotional trial. But 
when at last you find love that feeds your soul and you feel 
secure, your personality blossoms. 

You have a tendency to hold on possessively to a loved 
one, and a knack for subtly instilling guilt in someone you 
love, usually to test the person's depth of feeling. However, 
among your most endearing traits are intense loyalty and 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Cancer- 
Moon qualities of creativity and emotionalism will be ev- 
ident in your personality. If your Sun is in a water sign 
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), your intensity and depth of 

feeling are accentuated by a Cancer Moon; you have su- 
perb intuition and almost hypnotic power in creative 
work. If your Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, 
Capricorn), you have unshakable loyalty and strong pas- 
sions under the influence of a Cancer Moon; this combi- 
nation gives you an ability to capture the imagination of 
the public. If your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, 
Aquarius), a Cancer Moon gives your intellectualism a 
magnetic, daring quality; you have the ability to touch 
other people's feelings. If your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, 
Leo, Sagittarius), a Cancer Moon directs your enthusiasm 
and energy into creative channels; you have a flair for 
drama and the theater. 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Moon in Cancer gives you 
sensitivity and imagination, enormous personal charisma, 
and a warmhearted, romantic nature. 


Famous P 



th the Moon 

in Cancer 

Humphrey Bogart 

Clark Gable 

Isaac Newton 

Lord Byron 

Farrah Fawcett 

Eleanor Roosevelt 

Tom Cruise 

Aretha Franklin 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

Phyllis Diller 

Janis loplin 

Jean-Paul Sartre 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Princess Margaret of England 

Paul Simon 

Harrison Ford 

Bette Midler 

Benjamin Spock 

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Moon in Leo 

A Moon in Leo modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LEO MOON You are more exuberant, creative, broad-minded, colorful, fun-loving. 
THE DARK SIDE OF LEO MOON You are more self-indulgent, self-centered, conceited, overbearing, bullying. 

In the magnetic, flamboyant sign of Leo the Moon's 
power is positive and robust, and even its dark side is 
less dark than in other signs. Leo is a wonderful placement 
for the Moon because it gives great warmth and stability to 
the Moon's influence; it also imparts an idealistic quality. 

If you have the Moon in Leo you have strong emotions 
and can be reached through your heart rather than your 
head. You are a quick and accurate learner when your feel- 
ings are involved. But if a subject does not arouse your af- 
fections, you have no interest in exploring it further. The 
sensory impressions you receive from the world around 
you come to you on an emotional level. In order to make 
you change your mind, someone first has to change how 
you feel. 

One of your most striking characteristics is a refusal to 
be hampered by other people's rules. You tend to be ex- 
tremely intelligent and are hospitable to new ideas, but you 
have little sympathy for petty or narrow thinking. You like 
to be the center of attention and enjoy taking on public 
roles. You are highly expressive, and are especially drawn to 
the world of theater, music, painting, and the arts. In a 
way, it might be said that you, like all lunar Leos, have a 
"show biz" personality. 

You possess a wonderful sense of humor and great per- 
sonal charm, which makes you fun to be with. There is a 
sense of excitement about you. If nothing is happening 
that is interesting or amusing, you'll try to create it. Sin- 
cere, open, very sociable, you have a way of lifting the spir- 
its of people around you. 

Moon-in-Leo people work very well in group enter- 
prises because they have a talent for inspiring people to do 
their best. Your immediate reaction to a problem is to con- 
front it rather than sit around moping about it. A natural 
leader, you often feel you have a mission in life. Sometimes 
you may become bossy and overbearing — you are an or- 
der-giver rather than an order-taker — but at heart you are 
so cheerful and enthusiastic that people find it easy to for- 
give you. You have a fund of optimism and energy that 
others draw upon. 

Vanity is a chief weakness; you are a sucker for anyone 
who can deliver an artful compliment. You always need an 
audience and are inordinately fond of attention. It must 
also be said that you will probably get more than your 
share of attention because the Moon in Leo imparts a lov- 
able quality to your personality. 

You are drawn to the luxuries of life — good food, fine 

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wines, striking clothes. You are an excellent host or hostess 
who delights in giving glittering parties. Unless Taurus or 
Capricorn is prominent in the horoscope, a Moon-Leo 
will always pick up the check. Fortunately, you usually are 
able to pay for your extravagant tastes. 

In love, you are a great romantic, yet your flamboyant 
romanticism would never be sparked by someone who 
won't make you look good. You need a partner who sets 
you off to best advantage and keeps up your image to the 
world. Your tendency is to put the object of your affection 
on a pedestal, to credit a lover with superlative virtues that 
may have no basis in reality. When a lover does not live up 
to your expectations you are disappointed — not only be- 
cause you take love seriously but because your lover always 
becomes an extension of yourself, and his or her failure to 
be wonderful is very wounding to your pride and ego. 
Also, though you are jealous and possessive toward your 
loved ones, you yourself are flirtatious and a bit of a rover 

because you need everyone to admire you. You are an at- 
tention addict. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Leo-Moon 
qualities of warmth, vitality, and charisma will appear in 
your personality. If your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, 
Sagittarius), a Leo Moon accentuates your creativity and 
leadership abilities. If your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, 
Libra, Aquarius), a Leo Moon lends a dynamic, compelling 
quality to your people-oriented personality. If your Sun is 
in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), a Leo Moon 
gives you an even stronger passionate nature and good 
moneymaking skills. If your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, 
Scorpio, Pisces), a Leo Moon heightens your already pow- 
erful emotional impact on others. 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Moon in Leo gives you dig- 
nity, an affectionate, outgoing nature, and an instinct for 


Famous People \n 


the Moon in Leo 

P. T. Barnum Tom Hanks Prince Philip 
Pearl Buck James Joyce Margaret Chase Smith 
Clint Eastwood Mao Tse-tung Diane Sawyer 
Queen Elizabeth II Paul McCartney Gloria Steinem 
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Nader Oscar Wilde 

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Moon in Virgo 

A Moon in Virgo modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF VIRGO MOON You are more intellectual, meticulous, industrious, steadfast, responsible. 
THE DARK SIDE OF VIRGO MOON You are more critical, high-strung, standoffish, argumentative, hypochron- 

The sign of Virgo stabilizes the shifting effect of 
the Moon. Virgo is the sign of intelligence and practi- 
cality, which gives a sharp analytical bent to the Moon's in- 
fluence. If you have the Moon in Virgo you have a fine, dis- 
criminating mind. You do not pursue knowledge merely for 
the sake of learning; you figure out how to use what you 
learn. Your immediate reaction to the sense-impressions 
you receive from the world around you is to analyze what 
you have just seen and heard. You are meticulous in sifting 
through information and you tend to question whatever is 
told to you. Moon-Virgos are sometimes so skeptical they 
don't even believe in what they see with their own eyes. You 
love to discuss ideas and probe into opinions held by oth- 
ers, though you yourself hold fast to preconceived notions. 
You are not so stubborn, though, that you will hold on to a 
theory once the facts prove you wrong. You are a seeker of 
truth, and you believe truth is what is left after falsehoods 
have been exposed. 

No one would call you a Pollyanna or the kind who 
looks at the world through rose-colored glasses. It's not 
that you are dour or pessimistic, it's just that you deal with 
life as it is. This practical realism makes you good at busi- 

ness and at handling money. Your eye is on the long-term 
profit rather than immediate gain, and you are concerned 
with security and providing for your old age. 

As a Moon-in-Virgo person you bring an extra touch 
of perfectionism and professionalism to everything you 
do. Methodical in your approach to problems, you figure 
out exactly what needs to be done and then tackle the issue 
a step at a time. But you have a tendency to worry, to fret 
over the things that might go wrong and try to cover all 
contingencies. You think that too much good work is ru- 
ined by the lack of just a little more effort, so you don't 
spare yourself and are often fussy and critical with others. 

Logic is the discipline you live by, and you find it 
frustrating to deal with minds that are illogical or scatter- 
brained. You think such people belong in Disneyland, not 
in the real world. Discriminating in the people you 
choose for friends, you are also selective about the cul- 
tural activities you take part in. There is a certain judg- 
mental quality that you bring to almost any situation. No 
experience washes over you aimlessly; you always learn a 
lesson from it. 

Moon-in-Virgo women are sometimes thought of as 

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unfeminine because they are usually so efficient, thor- 
ough, and well organized — qualities that most people 
don't associate with the word "feminine." Both male and 
female of this Moon sign are reserved and shrink from 
sentimentality or gushiness, and therefore are often per- 
ceived as cold. In truth, the less developed types who pick 
other people apart and exhibit a stingy pettiness are cold. 
Generally, however, Virgo-Moon people are caring and 
giving in practical ways; one can count on them. Virgo is 
the sign of service, and lunar Virgos want to be useful to 

In matters of love Virgo-Moon people don't have a lot 
of self-confidence. One might think that the ideal mate for 
you would be someone intelligent, logical, nice looking, 
and neat, but how many can marry a clone? Actually, you 
are attracted to people who are quite unlike you — more 
emotional and effusive, less calculating, more readily able 
to express their feelings. In love relationships, Virgo-Moon 
people take on the role of a critical but caring parent. Un- 
consciously, lunar Virgos are afraid of anger and feeling 

vulnerable, and tend to live in the illusion that their love 
lives are calm, stable, and under control. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Virgo -Moon 
qualities of caution and seriousness show up in your per- 
sonality. If your Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, 
Capricorn), practicality and industriousness are even more 
pronounced; you are also very money-conscious. If your 
Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), Virgo Moon 
brings strength and endurance to support your expansive 
creativity; this is an excellent combination for politicians 
and people in the theater. If your Sun is in an air sign 
(Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), Virgo Moon contributes an 
even sharper intelligence and a flair for original work. If 
your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), Virgo 
Moon lends greater dimension to your emotional nature, 
for you are blessed with a rare combination of psychic 
truth and hardheaded realism. 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Moon in Virgo gives you 
keen mental powers, a strong vein of common sense, and 
an intelligent, thoughtful approach to life. 

Famous People with the Moon in Virgo 

Ingrid Bergman 
Andrew Carnegie 
Winston Churchill 
Bill Cosby 
Marlene Dietrich 

William Faulkner 
Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Mel Gibson 

William Randolph Hearst 
Lyndon B. Johnson 

Edward M. Kennedy 
John F. Kennedy 
Shirley MacLaine 
J. Pierpont Morgan 
Leo Tolstoy 

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Moon in Libra 

A Moon in Libra modifies your sun sign in 






You are more adaptable, creative 

charming, goo 




LIBRA MOON You are more indecisive, self-indulg 





Libra is the sign of esthetic perceptions, and here 
the Moon's romantic, glamorous influence is accentu- 
ated. If you have the Moon in Libra you have a keen ap- 
preciation for beauty and art, and an artistic eye un- 
matched by any other Moon sign. You also have a 
heightened awareness of your environment and of other 
people. However, what you truly value are those experi- 
ences that make life more beautiful and pleasing. You ab- 
hor coarseness, vulgarity, or strife. Your immediate reac- 
tion to anything unpleasant is to deny it, or, if that is 
impossible, at least to put it in its best possible light. You 
try to surround yourself with comfort and lovely objets in 
a tranquil and luxurious environment. If it were possible, 
you would live forever in a flower-filled room with soft 
music playing in the background. 

Because you enjoy beautiful things, you are happy to 
spend your (and sometimes other people's) money on 
possessions that catch your fancy. You are the kind who 
will walk into a shop and instantly spot the perfect thing 
to go with what you have in a closet at home. The pres- 
entation and ritual surrounding a thing is as important to 
you as the thing itself. A meal served on fine china and 
crystal with embroidered linens, flowers, and candles on 

the table is as important as the taste of the food itself. 

The Moon in the balanced sign of Libra endows you 
with an open, independent mind that tries to evaluate the 
world dispassionately and rationally. A Moon in Libra also 
confers great personal charm and enhances the ability to 
get along with people. You are marvelous at understanding 
the other person's point of view (though you never lose 
sight of your own self-interest). For the most part you are 
pleasing and easy to live with and have a genial disposi- 
tion. Libra is the astrological sign of partnership, and as a 
Moon native you function well in that relationship. Very 
often your destiny is tied up with a strong and influential 
person with whom you form a connection early in life. To 
a large extent, what you accomplish depends on other 

Essentially you love with your head rather than your 
heart. There is something a bit calculated about your care- 
fully balanced emotional nature. To become your lover, a 
person has to possess certain qualities, such as good looks 
and elegant social manners. It is not that you are unemo- 
tional, but love is more an esthetic pleasure than steamy 
passion. You try to create something beautiful — fanciful if 
need be — from every intimacy. You may go through a 

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number of affairs and marriages before you finally settle 
down with someone with whom you are mentally compat- 
ible (more necessary to you than sexual compatibility). 
When you are in a contented marriage, it is a source of 
great satisfaction to you because it answers your need for 
security and reassurance, and you truly enjoy sharing. 
No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Libra- 
Moon qualities of refinement and grace can be traced in 
your character. If your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, 
Aquarius), Libra Moon accentuates your keen mentality 
and gives you an unsurpassed ability to win favor with 
other people. If your Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, 
Virgo, Capricorn), Libra Moon endows your strength of 

purpose with a creative bent; this is a winning combina- 
tion for entrepreneurs and those dealing with the public. If 
your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), Libra 
Moon underlines the intuitive, imaginative side of your 
personality and gives a strong, balanced intellectual ap- 
proach. If your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittar- 
ius), Libra Moon heightens your magnetism and flair, and 
aids your ability to put original ideas into successful ac- 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Moon in Libra gives you a 
polished, charming manner with people, an instinct for 
fairness, and artistic vision. 


Famous People with the Moon in Libra 

Marie Antoinette 

Louis Armstrong 

Arthur Ashe 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

Maria Callas 

Frederic Chopin 

Agatha Christie 

Walt Disney 

Amelia Earhart 
Henry Fonda 
Rose Kennedy 
Rudolph Nureyev 
Sylvia Plath 
Sydney Poitier 
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of 

Bruce Springsteen 

Sylvester Stallone 

Twyla Tharp 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 

Lana Turner 

Rudolph Valentino 

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Moon in Scorpio 

A Moon in Scorpio modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF SCORPIO MOON You are more imaginative, determined, ambitious, emotional, idealistic. 
THE DARK SIDE OF SCORPIO MOON You are more obstinate, secretive, jealous, resentful, domineering. 

Scorpio is the astrological sign of death and 
regeneration, also of extremes of emotion. The effect of 
Scorpio is to underline the Moon's sensuous power and at 
the same time bring out its forcefulness. If you have the 
Moon in Scorpio you have a spiritual nature and intense 
feelings that motivate your actions. 

You are very clever at hiding your true feelings. A 
Moon in Scorpio is one of the more difficult lunar posi- 
tions. Though you are driven by strong passions you tend 
to deny that they are your motivation. You often disap- 
prove of your emotions (for example, your anger or jeal- 
ousy), and therefore keep your reactions hidden under a 
calm, agreeable surface. You can exercise great self-control. 
If an experience becomes painful, you cut yourself off 
from your feelings (in effect, kill your pain) rather than 
continue to suffer. You particularly dread any form of 

Your ability to deaden feelings allows you to feel in 
control, but it is also the path to slow destruction of the 
spirit. In Scorpio, the lesson of finding your Moon's true 
potential for wisdom and self-mastery is often difficult. 
Basically, you must learn to let go emotionally and feel 

your pain, and through the experience expand your phe- 
nomenal ability to love. 

A Moon-in-Scorpio person possesses enormous 
willpower and acute powers of observation. Your judg- 
ments are shrewd and accurate. You are blessed (and/or 
cursed) with a phenomenal memory. This is usually a great 
aid to you in your work, but it causes you to brood over an 
emotional wound or injury. Some Scorpio-Moon types 
will never forget and will wait years to get revenge. This 
does not necessarily mean that you are cruel and vengeful, 
but at any time in life you can instantly recall a slight to 
your pride — remember exactly what the other person said 
and how bitter you felt at the time. 

Your persistence and determination enable you to rise 
above obstacles, and this Moon position unfortunately has 
more obstacles than others. There is usually a secret sor- 
row or trouble in the lives of Moon-Scorpios that very of- 
ten concerns family problems or health. This lunar posi- 
tion creates a need for escape into fantasy, although higher 
Scorpio-Moon types use the spiritualism that is so much a 
part of this sign to do work that benefits humanity. 

Though passion is always a factor with you, your sexu- 

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ality can be sublimated in other areas, such as creative 
work or a career that demands self-sacrifice. Work is im- 
portant to you, for it is through work and effort that you 
are best able to express yourself. You have high standards, 
and pride of craftsmanship is visible in all your endeavors. 
You tend to be ambitious and are endowed with executive 
ability. This is especially true if your Sun or Ascendant is 
in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). 

Without even being aware of it you possess a sensual- 
ity that attracts the opposite sex. This is often a source of 
difficulty in your love life, and many lunar Scorpios marry 
more than once. A fear of being controlled is at the core of 
your relationship issues. For you to be in a position of 
emotional vulnerability puts you in a classic Scorpio 
deathlike situation, for to be unsafe means you are at the 
mercy of another person. It is almost impossible for you to 
put complete trust in someone else, and it takes a long 
time for you to commit yourself fully. The secret is your 
great need for emotional security and, in a sense, there is 

no security that is secure enough. However, once you feel 
unthreatened, you are capable of deep love. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Scorpio- 
Moon qualities of persistence and intensity run through 
your personality. If your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, 
Scorpio, Pisces), a Scorpio Moon confers energy and cre- 
ativity, a true gift for turning a dream into reality once you 
set your mind to it. If your Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, 
Virgo, Capricorn), a Scorpio Moon accentuates your man- 
agerial talents and capacity for authority and leadership. If 
your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), a 
Scorpio Moon bestows deep mental powers and an ability 
to captivate the public. If your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, 
Leo, Sagittarius), a Scorpio Moon emphasizes your com- 
pelling personality, your vitality and drive for success. 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Moon in Scorpio gives you 
a strong inner core of self-reliance, an arresting sensuality, 
and a magnetic flair for influencing others. 


Famous People wr 

rH the Moon in Scorpio 

Julie Andrews Charles Chaplin Alfred Hitchcock 
Warren Beatty Miles Davis Henry Miller 
Truman Capote J. Paul Getty Nelson Rockefeller 
Jimmy Carter George Harrison Elizabeth Taylor 

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Moon in Sagittarius 

A Moon in Sagittarius modifies your Sun sign in 

this way: 


SAGITTARIUS MOON You are more adventurous, 







SAGITTARIUS MOON You are more restless, extrava 

*ant, irresponsible 




In Sagittarius, the Moon takes on a sparkle and 
brightness that it does not have in other signs. Sagittar- 
ius is the astrological sign of higher learning and breadth 
of vision. Here the Moon's influence loses its passivity. If 
you have the Moon in Sagittarius you are noted for your 
quick, sharp mind, extraordinary insights, and an ability to 
get things done in a flash. Your clear-thinking intelligence 
sifts through sensory impressions swiftly and with startling 

You are the kind of person who envisions great goals 
and then, undaunted by possible failure, sets about achiev- 
ing them. You rarely listen to advice about pitfalls and 
drawbacks, nor do you wait to find out if a plan is imprac- 
tical or unworkable. With energy and enthusiasm you rush 
in and usually accomplish what you set out to do. One rea- 
son for your success is your keen judgment. With a Moon 
in this sign of lofty vision, you have a way of seeing farther 
than people with the Moon in other signs. 

As a Moon-Sagittarian you are fond of open spaces, 
travel, new people, different surroundings. Among your 
most winning traits is adaptability — to different kinds of 

personalities and to foreign and strange places. Your im- 
mediate reaction to a new experience is to explore and 
learn more. To you a chance to expand your horizons is al- 
ways welcome, and you are not exclusively interested in 
making a profit. Money, in fact, does not stay long in your 
pocket or checking account. You feel that the whole pur- 
pose of money is to buy pleasure. You want to enjoy life. 

At times you can be quite careless and reckless. Since 
you believe in your luck, you tend to abandon yourself to 
whatever fate has in store. You operate on the theory of 
optimistic fatalism. The danger is that you may push your 
luck too far. However, a setback does not keep you down 
for long. With renewed high spirits and a fresh outlook, 
you hitch up your wagon once more to the stars. 

Because of your charm and geniality, you have a knack 
for making friends. You also have a witty way with words 
and a buoyant sense of humor. Your social gaiety sweeps 
others along on a tidal wave of goodwill. One of your most 
endearing qualities is your ability to perceive the best in 
people. When you criticize, you do so with such openness 
and candor that it is comparatively easy to take. 

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Unlike the other fire Moons (Moon-Aries and Moon- 
Leo), Moon-Sagittarians are not highly sexed and passion- 
ate. You look on love more as an adventure. You enjoy the 
thrill of discovery, the stimulating high of being in love, 
but you are unwilling to immerse yourself in deep emo- 
tional intensity. After a while your lovers may complain of 
your detachment or unreachableness. A perfect soulmate 
for you is someone who looks more outward than inward, 
and in time your love affairs become more like friend- 
ships. You are also noted for a roving eye and a refusal to 
be tied down to one person or one place. You need a lot of 
personal space and independence. This does not necessar- 
ily make you a bad marriage partner — you are a mar- 
velous companion — it is just that you do have a certain 
lightheartedness about love and fidelity. Life to you means 
change and variety, and this attitude has a way of also ap- 
plying to love. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Sagittarius- 

Moon qualities of optimism and expansion express them- 
selves in your personality. If your Sun is in a fire sign 
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), a Sagittarius Moon accentuates 
your self-confidence, adventurous nature, and appetite for 
experience. If your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, 
Aquarius), a Sagittarius Moon lends you vitality, enthusi- 
asm, a keen intellect, and a talent for salesmanship. If your 
Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), you 
combine commonsense practicality with a lofty, creative 
outlook; this is an excellent position for people in politics 
and law. If your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, 
Pisces), your emotional, imaginative personality is galva- 
nized by the energy and philosophical vision of a Sagittar- 
ius Moon; this is a successful combination for writers and 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Sagittarius Moon gives you 
a love for learning, humanitarian instincts, and a gift for 
being an independent thinker. 

Famous People with the Moon in Sagittarius 

Neil Armstrong 
Anne Bancroft 
Lewis Carroll 
Bing Crosby 
Charles Dickens 

Albert Einstein 
Vincent van Gogh 
Bob Hope 
Anthony Hopkins 
Howard Hughes 

T. E. Lawrence 

Henri Matisse 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Pablo Picasso 

Oprah Winfrey 

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Moon in Capricorn 

A Moon in Capricorn modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF CAPRICORN MOON You are more determined, responsible, disciplined, patient, committed. 
THE DARK SIDE OF CAPRICORN MOON You are more rigid, pessimistic, opinionated, materialistic, overexacting. 

Capricorn has both a stabilizing and restrictive 
effect on the shifting influence of the Moon. The 
Moon represents the emotional, sympathetic side of a per- 
sonality whereas Capricorn is an unemotional and un- 
demonstrative sign. People with the Moon in this position 
have to overcome obstacles and complexities within their 
own natures to find the happiness they constantly seek. 

If you have the Moon in Capricorn you have an alert 
mind and are very eager to learn. However, you are not in- 
terested in vague theory; you want to put your knowledge 
to use. An example of this talent for practical application is 
Thomas Edison, a Moon-Capricorn whose Sun was in 
Aquarius. In Edison we see the inventive, far-reaching vi- 
sion of the Aquarian truth-seeker, but the focus of his 
work was to make his experiments useful, to put them into 
everyday utilization. His inventions of the telegraph, 
phonograph, electric light, and moving picture changed 
the way we live. Another example of a Capricorn-Moon is 
Gene Kelly, whose Sun was on the Leo-Virgo cusp. In his 
life we saw the creativity and exuberance of Leo, the hard 
work ethic of Virgo; his Capricorn Moon was evident in 
how he took his knowledge of dancing and applied it in a 
practical way to film choreography. In the process he in- 

troduced an entirely new genre of musical comedy and 
changed the very way such movies were filmed. 

If you have a Moon in Capricorn you are organized, 
ambitious, and usually a prodigious worker. Self-sufficient 
and a bit solitary, you are haunted by a feeling of responsi- 
bility, of a task you must fulfill. 

You are a determined person but your singleminded- 
ness can sometimes turn into obsession. You pin your 
hopes on one idea, turn all your energies in one direction; 
if you fail you may suffer serious depression. Of course, 
because of their unshakable commitment, most lunar 
Capricorns succeed and often make an imprint on the 
world. Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, and 
Abraham Lincoln all had their Moon in Capricorn. Lunar 
Capricorns who have their Sun or Ascendant in one of the 
cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn) have 
particularly auspicious auguries for leadership. 

Money is important to you, not so much for what it 
can buy as for the status it bestows in the world of busi- 
ness, politics, finance, and high society where you wish to 
shine. You have charming social manners and an instinct 
for getting to know the right people. 

Unknown to all but your closest intimates, you suffer 

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from feelings of insecurity and loneliness. Often you con- 
ceal this with a dry sense of humor. Your secret terror is of 
being abandoned or having someone you love cease to love 
you. You find it hard to reveal your deepest feelings and 
therefore may be perceived as being cold or calculating. For 
many lunar Capricorns, authority and power are a compen- 
sation for the difficulties they encounter in emotional areas. 

Lunar Capricorns tend not to find true love in youth. 
Cautious and reserved, you tend to turn your feelings in- 
ward, and you need a lot of emotional reassurance before 
you allow them to be drawn out. You also have difficulty 
putting your complete trust in someone else. But at some 
point, usually when you are past thirty, you find the per- 
son you can become totally involved with, and then your 
love is durable. When you feel secure within an emotional 
relationship your commitment may last your entire life- 
time. You are loyal and steadfast, generous and giving. In 
fact, you often give more than you get back. This is espe- 
cially true about the relationships of female lunar Capri- 
corns to their lovers and friends. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Capricorn 
Moon qualities of steadfastness and dedication manifest 
themselves in your personality. If your Sun is in an earth 
sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), a Capricorn Moon under- 
lines your executive talent and ability to achieve great re- 
wards; you have hidden depths to your character. If your 
Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), a Capri- 
corn Moon lends force and dynamism to your creativity; 
this is an excellent position for attracting wealth and fame. 
If your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), a 
Capricorn Moon brings strength and intensity to your re- 
sourcefulness and encourages far-ranging interests; this is 
a good combination for people in communications, televi- 
sion, and publishing. If your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, 
Leo, Sagittarius), a Capricorn Moon confers a special gift 
for authority and self-reliance; you have a mesmerizing 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Capricorn Moon gives you 
persistence, an ambitious and powerful personality, and an 
instinct for excellence. 

Famous People with the Moon in Capricorn 

Lucille Ball 
Yogi Berra 
Napoleon Bonaparte 
lohnny Carson 
Dick Cavett 

Thomas Alva Edison 
Margot Fonteyn 
John Glenn 
Ernest Hemingway 
Gene Kelly 

Robert Kennedy 
Abraham Lincoln 
Ana'is Nin 
Stephen Sondheim 
George Washington 

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Moon in Aquarius 

A Moon in Aquarius modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF AQUARIUS MOON You are more idealistic, creative, tolerant, a humanitarian with a pro- 
gressive outlook. 
THE DARK SIDE OF AQUARIUS MOON You are more unpredictable, contrary, aloof, fixed in opinion, tactless. 

Aquarius is A most favorable sign for the Moon 
to be in, for here the Moon's influence confers ad- 
mirable qualities of sensitivity and perception. Aquarius is 
the astrological sign of rational thinking and humanitari- 
anism; in this sign the Moon's effect is to bestow clear logic 
with altruistic concerns. If you have the Moon in Aquarius 
you are rational, intuitive, and imaginative. Your senses are 
well balanced and accurate. Your immediate reaction to 
impressions you receive from the outside world is to deal 
with them in a scientific, open-minded way and at the 
same time try to understand them from the human point 
of view. There are no extremes of temperament in this lu- 
nar position. You are neither too emotional nor too cere- 
bral; you are visionary but not eccentric. 

A Moon-Aquarian has a wonderful gift for expression. 
You crackle with vitality, are a witty conversationalist, and 
make a delightful companion. Your friendliness charms all 
types of people — indeed, you're people-oriented, sociable, 
and outgoing, interested in other people's problems. How- 
ever, unlike Moon water signs (Moon-Cancer, Moon-Scor- 
pio, Moon-Pisces), you never become so emotionally in- 
volved that it changes your own life. There is a balance that 
runs through your relationships. 

The passions of Aquarius-Moon people are passions of 
the mind. You are interested in ideas, philosophy, higher 
learning. You enjoy science and mathematics, as well as art, 
music, literature. Again, I repeat, you are not a person of 
extremes. You are well-rounded intellectually, for you have 
a wide range of interests in many different fields and asso- 
ciate with a large number of varied people. 

Aquarius is the sign of future knowledge, and as a 
Moon-native you are interested in the unknown and what 
lies ahead. Many lunar Aquarians seem to be clairvoyant, 
to see things before they happen. On the other hand, you 
are not especially practical or down to earth. It can be said 
that you have a wide outlook but short sight. You tend to 
see things in terms of large concepts, but when it comes to 
the hard work and sweaty toil of turning a concept into a 
reality, you are likely to drift off in search of a new idea. 
Moon-Aquarians are often known as giants in promise and 
pygmies in performance. The unusual — in people, in 
places, and in projects — is what interests you most. 

In love, lunar Aquarians have a butterfly quality — 
alighting for a while to sample an experience, flitting off to 
find something new. You are inclined to be somewhat am- 
bivalent about love affairs. While you have a strong roman- 

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tic streak, you also have a horror of being suffocated by 
another person's demands. You cannot bear possessive, 
jealous lovers, and you're often drawn to emotionally un- 
available types. Unconsciously, you choose people who 
shun you; the less interested someone is in you, the more 
interested you become. In your early years you spend a lot 
of time trying to figure out what you want as opposed to 
what you think you want, swinging back and forth be- 
tween romantic longing and feeling totally detached. 

You seek a fine balance between commitment and in- 
dependence, and many Aquarius-Moon people go through 
a number of unsatisfactory amours. When you do marry 
(often in later years), the relationship quickly becomes as 
much friend-and-companion as husband-and-wife. To 
you, the most important glue in a relationship is commu- 
nication. In general, male lunar- Aquarians have a some- 
what easier time emotionally than female Moon-Aquari- 
ans, apparently because it is still more socially acceptable 
for males to be intellectual and emotionally detached. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Aquarius- 

Moon qualities of intelligence and individualism run 
through your personality. If your Sun is in an air sign 
(Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), an Aquarius Moon emphasizes 
your superior mental gifts and ability to deal successfully 
with different kinds of personalities; this is a successful 
combination for people in the field of communication. If 
your Sun is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), an Aquar- 
ius Moon lends imagination and the common touch to 
your dynamic, exuberant forcefulness; this is a wonderful 
combination for people in public life. If your Sun is in an 
earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), an Aquarius Moon 
adds to your practicality a gift for innovation and original 
work; this placement is excellent for performing artists. If 
your Sun is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), an 
Aquarius Moon accentuates your imaginative, clairvoyant 
qualities; you have a unique talent for self-expression. 

Whatever your Sun sign, an Aquarius Moon gives you 
an independent, stimulating mind, a persuasive charm 
with people, and a side to your personality that is always 
titillated by the unconventional. 


Famous People 


in Aquarius 



E M 

Muhammad Ali 

Arthur Conan Doyle 

Eugene McCarthy 

Woody Allen 

George Gershwin 

Marilyn Monroe 

Fidel Castro 

Cary Grant 

Richard M. Nixon 

Marc Chagall 

Timothy Leary 

Adlai Stevenson 

Angela Davis 

John Lennon 

H. G. Wells 

Diana, Princess of Wales 

Sophia Loren 

William Butler Yeats 

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Moon in Pisces 

A Moon in Pisces modifies your Sun sign in this way: 

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF PISCES MOON You are more compassionate, sensitive, loving, creative, loyal. 

THE DARK SIDE OF PISCES MOON You are more indecisive, discontented, vague, secretive, easily confused. 

Pisces and the Moon have a natural affinity; 
Pisces is the sign of depths of emotion, and the Moon 
represents your instinctive emotional reactions and some- 
times your hidden dreams. Pisces is also the astrological 
sign of sorrow and self-undoing. If you have the Moon in 
Pisces you have deep feelings and an innate understanding 
of the human condition. 

A peculiar danger for anyone with this Moon position 
is that the impressions received from the outside world 
will not accurately reflect the world as it is. Instead, they 
are filtered through an intense romanticism. Your instant 
reaction to stimuli is to interpret things as you would like 
them to be rather than as they are. You wear the reality- 
distorting glasses of the incurable optimist, the dreamer, 
the poet. 

Your romantic emotionalism is not always apparent on 
the surface, for you try to keep this part of your nature 
well hidden. However, even the most pragmatic person 
with a Moon in Pisces feels the need to escape into a world 
of private imagination. 

As a Moon-in-Pisces person you are artistic and have a 
keen love for beauty and the arts. Many Moon-Pisceans 
have a flair for acting, writing, composing, or painting. 

Gifted with vision and imagination, you express yourself 
well in creative areas. It is through the senses and emotions 
rather than the intellect that you perceive things. You are 
extraordinarily intuitive and sometimes are gifted with 
psychic vision; you seem able to strip away the veil that 
separates the real world from the spiritual world, and to 
know things that others cannot comprehend. 

In the real world, unfortunately, you do not always 
have an easy time. You tend to let your emotions get the 
better of you. Though you seem confident and completely 
in charge (especially if your Sun is in a fire sign [Aries, 
Leo, Sagittarius] ), you have a weakness for letting those 
with strong wills and definite opinions lead you onto un- 
suitable paths. 

Although you can work tirelessly and unselfishly for 
others, you find it hard to be strict and disciplined with 
yourself. Having to make final decisions causes you con- 
flict and anxiety. There is a strong tendency to escape 
harsh realities and obligations. Sometimes you are per- 
ceived as gullible, but it is only your emotional nature that 
makes you appear that way. You are easy prey for unprinci- 
pled types who play on your tender feelings. It is an axiom 
in astrology that Moon-Pisceans are born under a special 

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vibration that impels them to befriend humanity. Indeed, 
it is through helping others that you liberate yourself. 

In love, as in the rest of your life, you prefer the illu- 
sion to the reality. It is the wild passion, the feeling of be- 
ing swept away, that you desire. Your most favorite life- 
moments are when you feel the euphoria of love 
enveloping your entire being. You are a romance addict, 
and many Moon-Pisceans who drift from affair to affair 
keep wanting to experience the fabled glow of love as a 
form of psychological escapism. 

You are a romantic who will do everything you can to 
make a mate happy. It is your nature to do this, even if you 
do not get an equivalent return from the other person. At 
the same time, you feel vulnerable and dependent and 
build up an elaborate array of defenses to avoid being 
hurt. However, once you get past playing the role of the 
victim, you are able to sustain a truly joyful relationship of 
honesty and depth. 

No matter what your Sun sign may be, the Pisces- 

Moon qualities of creative imagination and sensitivity af- 
fect your personality. If your Sun is in a water sign (Can- 
cer, Scorpio, Pisces), a Pisces Moon accentuates your intu- 
itive nature and spirituality, and confers unique artistic 
talent. If your Sun is in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, 
Capricorn), you combine strength of purpose with the 
Piscean-Moon perceptiveness and idealism — an excellent 
placement for those in politics and humanitarian work. If 
your Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), a 
Pisces Moon combines with your keen powers of commu- 
nication to endow you with clairvoyant ability and a gift 
for touching the emotions of others. If your Sun is in a fire 
sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), a Pisces Moon gives your dy- 
namic energy more depth and profundity; people with this 
placement have a hypnotic effect on the public. 

Whatever your Sun sign, a Pisces Moon gives you a 
sympathetic heart, an artistic temperament, and a great 
capacity for doing work that will make a lasting impres- 


Famous People with the Moon in Pisces 

Paul Cezanne 

Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Marie Curie 

Audrey Hepburn 

P. D. James 

Helen Keller 

Martin Luther King Jr. 
Paul Newman 
Edgar Allan Poe 
Elvis Presley 
Martin Scorsese 

Percy Bysshe Shelley 
Frank Sinatra 
Susan Sontag 
Robert Louis Stevenson 
Leonardo da Vinci 
Stanford White 

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Your Ascendant or Rising sign (the terms are interchangeable) is a very important part of your 
horoscope. Your Ascendant is the sign that reflects your outward demeanor and to a great extent deter- 
mines how the outside world looks at you. 
The word outer is significant in defining your Rising sign, for this is the sign that represents your outer per- 
sonality. In modern terminology, it is your image. Very often your Ascendant is what the world first sees in you, 
the impression that you first make on other people. Many astrologers believe that your Rising sign is more im- 
mediately revealing than your Sun sign. Your Rising sign has been likened to the door of a house, the entrance- 
way that visitors first see and must pass through in order to look into the house itself. 

In my own work as an astrologer, I have found that the personality you outwardly project is almost always a 
perfect blend of your Sun sign and Rising sign. It is this combination that makes your unique impact on the 
world. Your Moon sign is a more hidden aspect of your personality. It is a pervasive influence, but it is likely that 
other people sense the influence of your Moon sign in your character rather than see it on the surface. 

Your Ascendant is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon at the time of your birth (hence, your 
Rising sign). When you were born you left the condition of being a fetus and became a separate, fully formed 
human being. Therefore, the sign that was rising at this precise moment denotes your first experience as a sepa- 
rate human being; it expresses the moment in which you began independent existence in this world. As such, it 
characterizes the way you deal with others and your distinctive style of interacting with people. It speaks of your 
coping mechanisms and how you react to anything new that life throws at you. In many respects, your Ascen- 
dant is the sign that makes you feel most comfortable psychically. Its behaviors reassure you that you are coping 
well and will be safe as you enter unfamiliar emotional territory. 


Your Ascendant is called the sign of your self- — your self- 
awareness, your self-sufficiency, your self-interest. In many 
ways your Rising sign signifies your goals, aims, and ob- 
jectives, and indicates the main thrust of your creative 
powers. To some degree, this sign also influences your 
physical characteristics and mannerisms. It is your mask 
of outward appearance. Like any mask, it may hide your 
real face, but more likely it is simply a part of your real 
face. It is the face that you most easily and naturally show 
to others. 

What exactly is an Ascendant? In its simplest defini- 
tion, your Ascendant is the astrological sign that was ris- 
ing on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. 
To get a picture of what this means, imagine the Earth as a 
small circle in the center of a larger circle. That larger cir- 
cle represents the heavens, the sky bubble that is all 
around us. You, as a newborn baby, are lying on that small 
inner circle (Earth) and looking all around you at the sky 
at the very moment of your birth. If you draw a line from 
the eastern horizon of the Earth outward to the edge of 
the sky bubble, that line marks the exact degree of your 
Ascendant. (Some clairvoyants claim they can actually see 
this astral line in a person.) The Ascendant in your birth 
chart is always pictured this way: 

When a layperson talks about being "born under a 
sign," he or she means the Sun sign (the sign that the Sun 
was transiting at the time of birth). However, when some 
astrologers refer to the sign that an individual was born un- 
der, they are talking about the Ascendant. In an earlier era 
the Ascendant was thought more important than the Sun 
sign, but since the twentieth century this view is no longer 
held. However, most astrologers feel that the line of the As- 
cendant is the single most important point in a birth chart, 
for many other calculations in a horoscope can be made 
once that point is established. One thing is certain: Unless 
the Ascendant can be determined in a horoscope, interpre- 
tation of that horoscope remains limited; it can never be- 
come a truly personalized natal chart. 

If you know the approximate time of your birth, the As- 
cendant Tables on pages 481-84 should make it easy for you to 
find your Ascendant.* Or utilize the enclosed CD-ROM, 
which will provide you with this information within sec- 

In reading the description of your Rising sign, keep 
in mind that this is not a delineation of you. You are a 
blend, and your Ascendant is only part of your person- 
ality. Only by self-examination can you discern which 
parts of you are your Sun sign, which are your Moon 
sign, and which are your Rising sign. 


*If you do not know the time and place of your birth, it is still pos- 
sible to discover your Ascendant. This is done by a process called "rectifi- 
cation'of your chart, in which a competent astrologer determines the 
time of your birth using as guideposts the time at which major events in 
your life have taken place. 

222 • Less Well-Known Influences 

Consult the Ascendant Tables starting on page 481 in or- 
der to calculate your Rising sign. 

Note: The Ascendant Tables in this book were designed 
for ease and simplicity. Using them, you can quickly ascer- 
tain your Rising sign. 

However, for the purposes of analyzing your horo- 
scope, you really need to know the exact degree of your 
Ascendant. Calculating this without the aid of a computer 
requires making some mathematical computations. First 
you must know the precise moment of your birth and 
also the exact latitude and longitude of the spot on earth 
where you were born. You must then convert the local 
time of your birth to Greenwich Mean Time (named for 
the town of Greenwich, England, the official point from 
which time is reckoned). Then you must convert Green- 
wich Mean Time into sidereal time at Greenwich. (Side- 
real time, meaning star time, is measured in relation to 

the fixed stars; a sidereal day is four minutes shorter than 
twenty-four hours.) 

All of this can be quite complicated and involve a num- 
ber of mathematical processes. For those of you who are 
interested, there are some excellent books that will help 
you to make these calculations in detail. You will find 
some of these books listed on page 520 in my Recom- 
mended Reading List. 

Of course, these days we let the computer make these 
computations. The enclosed CD-ROM will calculate your 
birth chart instantly — providing you with the exact degree 
of your Ascendant as well as of every Planet and House 
cusp in your horoscope. And should you want to purchase 
a different program, on page 522 I list companies that spe- 
cialize in an array of interesting astrological computer 

Your Ascendant and Its Power • 223 


Aries Ascendant 

Aries is A very strong ascendant. If you were 
born with Aries rising, you are adventurous and pio- 
neering. You like to take on the role of a leader, even if the 
leadership is in a small area. For example, in your friend- 
ships you are the one who tries to dictate where you will 
meet, what restaurant or movie you will go to. An Aries- 
Rising child will be the most domineering and ego-cen- 
tered among his or her brothers and sisters. 

As an Aries-Ascendant person you have strong likes 
and dislikes and are never shy about expressing them. 
Your dealings are straightforward and honest. You are un- 
comfortable with lies, fraud, and elaborate deceptions. You 
will always try to get right to the point, say whatever is on 
your mind, and see what happens. 

There is a contagious enthusiasm about you. You are an 
activist and doer rather than a thinker. Warm, generous, 
lively, you have a very friendly people-oriented quality. 
You like to be noticed. 

Sometimes Rising-Aries people have a reputation as 
troublemakers. This is not because you are malicious 
(quite the opposite is true). But you like to throw off old, 
conservative ways of doing things and try a new, brasher, 
more direct approach. You plunge right into whatever the 
problem is and give it your best. As far as you're con- 
cerned, obstacles are just there to be butted down. How- 

ever, if the obstacle won't move you won't butt your head 
off. You will quickly lose interest and bound off to find a 
new challenge, further excitement. You may be a ground- 
breaker, but if you should get stuck in the middle of a fur- 
row, you'll drop the plow and move on to new ground. 

Aries is the sign of beginnings. What you're really best at 
is the beginning of a job. You have the exuberance, verve, 
and energy. Once you master an idea, you won't stick 
around until all the how-to-do-its are in place. 

Aries-Ascendant people are accident-prone. Because you 
are impulsive and quick to rush in headlong, you usually 
don't look where you are going. You tend to trip and fall, 
bump into things, cut yourself. Often your face and head are 
more prone to injury than other parts of your body. 

As a person with Aries rising, you are likely to have a 
flashing smile, piercing eyes that move quickly from object 
to object, gold or reddish coloring in the skin or hair, a mus- 
cular body, and an agile quick movement to your step. 

The planet Mars, which rules Aries, is very prominent 
in your chart. The influence of Mars bestows great 
willpower, stamina, an aggressive sex drive, and a need for 
achievement and recognition. It also brings on strain, ten- 
sion, conflict, selfishness, a quick temper, and accidents 
with fire and sharp instruments. 

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Taurus Ascendant 

There is A steadfastness, a basic calm about a 
Taurus Ascendant. If you have Taurus rising you tend 
to be placid and easygoing. You also have charming social 
manners and a strong artistic bent, for the sign of Taurus 
is ruled by Venus, planet of love and esthetics. You want to 
create beauty and harmony in your life, and many Taurus 
Ascendants have a flair for writing, decorating, or compos- 
ing music. 

Taurus-Rising people don't push their opinions on oth- 
ers. On the other hand, once you make up your mind (af- 
ter due deliberation), you rarely change it. You hold on to 
your opinions and can be very stubborn and obstinate. 
You are also quite set in your ways, though this is not al- 
ways apparent at first. It's the little clues that give you 
away: you may eat the same breakfast day in and day out; 
if you are fond of a particular color (possibly in the blue 
or rose family, which are Taurean colors), you may use it 
repeatedly in your clothes and throughout your house. 
Doing things the same way you've always done them gives 
you a sense of stability, and this is a fundamental need. 

Taurus-Rising people have a reputation for laziness that 
is not entirely deserved. It is true that you love creature 
comforts, elegance, luxury, physical ease, and lots of 
leisure. However, you can and do work very hard, espe- 
cially if motivated by the promise of money or by the ap- 
proval of someone you love. Determined, persistent, and 
strong-willed, you possess endless patience to see a thing 
through, to make it a success. 

Taurus is the sign of wealth and material possessions, 
both of which are extremely important to you. You have a 
tendency to brood about your future security: Will there be 
enough to keep from starving? Are you going to be able to 
pay the rent next year? The fears and worries do not re- 
quire a basis in reality. In fact, though you may have to 
struggle for money when you are young, Taurus-Rising 
people tend to accumulate wealth as the years roll by. Own- 
ing things can sometimes become a mania; you covet pos- 
sessions and once you own something you guard it jeal- 
ously and are heartbroken should you lose it. You never 
resign yourself to the fact that things break, tear, wear out, 
get lost, and are stolen. 

In relationships, as well, you tend to be jealous and pos- 
sessive, although you are adept at hiding this. One of your 
weak points is your vanity, and you rarely forgive anyone 
who ridicules you. Having to cope with rivalry is hard for 
you. You may try to pretend the prize is not worthy of 
your talents. 

As a person with Taurus rising, you tend to have an un- 
usually good-looking face, large round eyes, and clear skin. 
Often your neck is short and thick, and your body gives the 
impression of weight and sturdiness. Becoming overweight 
is a problem, especially in later years. 

The planet Venus, which rules Taurus, is very prominent 
in your horoscope. The influence of Venus bestows grace; 
charm; a love of pleasure, art, and adornment; and social 
awareness. It also encourages overindulgence, superficiality, 
jealousy, and conceit. 

Your Ascendant and Its Power • 225 

Gemini Ascendant 

The first impression others receive of you is of 
someone in constant motion: your hands gesticulate, 
your eyes dart here and there, your body does not sit still in 
a chair. Restlessness underlies your personality; it is the 
symptom of your yearning for something that is just be- 
yond your reach. You need change and variety and are often 
discontent with your present lot. Gemini is the sign of dual- 
ity and this is evident in the lives of Gemini Ascendants. You 
can be happy and unhappy at the same time, satisfied yet 
dissatisfied. Of course, this can be said of many people, but 
in your case you are discontent for a specific reason: You feel 
you have not lived up to your potential. You sense that there 
is an experience just over the horizon that will make you feel 
truly fulfilled, and you resent the strictures that you may 
think keep you from venturing out to find it. 

A striking characteristic of Gemini-Rising people is 
their ability to use words to say exactly what is meant. To 
you, clarity is a tribute that words pay to ideas. You are 
well informed, witty, mentally quick. Gemini-Rising peo- 
ple tend to move into positions of prominence not by 
force of will but by their facile way of handling people. 
You adore having an audience. Many of you become ac- 
tors and writers and are successful in the entertainment 
industry, TV, journalism, and the literary world. 

As a Gemini-Rising person you have an excitable nature 
that is quick to react to any stimulus, to come up with an an- 
swer to any question — and also to get upset easily. You throw 
yourself into a project with verve and enthusiasm, then worry 
and fret (usually quite audibly) about this thing going wrong 

or that person not liking you, about how long everything is 
taking. However, you have a marvelous mercurial quality, and 
your high spirits and interest are quickly revived. You go out 
of your way to keep busy, if not at your vocation then at your 
avocation. You love puzzles, games, books, and the com- 
puter — anything that will amuse and occupy the mind. 

There is a basic coolness to the Gemini- Rising personal- 
ity. Even though you love to be with people and appear to 
have charming warmth, yours is a mental rather than emo- 
tional outlook. You deal with feelings and relationships ex- 
actly as you do with facts and figures — as things that can be 
analyzed. There is also a tendency to be egotistical, for fun- 
damentally you know that you know better than others. 

You like to encounter many different situations and 
people. You travel, change residences and occupations, and 
often marry more than once. Blessed with a natural sense 
of drama, you know how to heighten and brighten any ex- 

As a Gemini Ascendant, you tend to have small sharp 
features, twinkling eyes that are filled with humor, a 
friendly smile, and graceful arms and hands that you use 
to great effect. You move with quickness and agility and 
hold on to your youthful looks well into old age. 

The planet Mercury, which rules Gemini, is very 
prominent in your horoscope. The influence of Mercury 
bestows a high intellect, acute perceptions, cleverness, 
adroitness in speaking and writing, and a flair for foreign 
languages. It also encourages arrogance, sarcasm, snob- 
bishness, cynicism, and disorganization. 

226 • Less Well-Known Influences 

Cancer Ascendant 

If you have Cancer rising, you are very sensitive 
to emotional signals from other people. You have ex- 
traordinary insight into human motivation. There is a re- 
serve about you that is sometimes difficult to penetrate, 
but underneath is a warm, affectionate, loving, and giving 
nature. You are adaptable to different kinds of people even 
though you are not liable to make instant friendships. It 
takes a while for you to let someone get really close. 

Cancer- Rising people tend to moodiness, and others 
may not always find you in a receptive frame of mind. 
Sometimes you can be crabby and impatient and exhibit a 
snappish temper. You are touchy, and others have to be 
careful of what they say lest they hurt your feelings. Your 
sensitivities are so heightened that you sometimes take 
offense where none was intended. 

However, this same sensitivity is what sets you apart 
from the crowd. You possess great imagination and 
awareness. Many Cancer Ascendants are extraordinarily 
gifted as writers, poets, and painters. Because you are so 
tuned in to the nuances of other people's motivations, 
you are able to absorb what others are feeling and think- 
ing. You pick up opinions, thoughts, facts from all 
around you and, being very clever and practical (as well 
as visionary), you are able to put all this information to 
work for you. Cancer Ascendants are also clever with 
money, prudent and cautious, and have a native shrewd- 

ness in business. You know how to make wise invest- 
ments and where to get the best value. Though you usu- 
ally have to climb the ladder through your own efforts 
(rather than the efforts of others), you are likely to accu- 
mulate material success as the years go by. 

You won't hog the spotlight, but on the other hand you 
want public recognition for your talents. With Cancer ris- 
ing, acclaim and applause can be hard to come by, so you 
tend to have a way of feeling sorry for yourself. You com- 
plain that the world does not appreciate you, but your 
complaint is usually an effort to win reassurance that quite 
the opposite is true. 

As a Cancer Ascendant you have obstacles in your path, 
especially when young. However, as you surmount each 
difficulty and succeed (Cancer Rising has great tenacity of 
purpose), you become stronger and more self-assured. 

If you have Cancer rising, you are likely to have a round 
expressive face, pale luminous eyes, slender arms and legs, 
and a rolling gait to your walk. Your body may be thickset 
through the middle, and you are prone toward putting on 
weight as you get older. 

The Moon, which rules Cancer, is very prominent in 
your horoscope. The influence of the Moon bestows kind- 
ness, imagination, sympathy, deep emotion, an ability to 
cherish and protect, a retentive memory. It also encourages 
laziness, inconstancy, restlessness, passivity, and untidiness. 

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Leo Ascendant 

Leo ascending s i g n i f i e s nobility of character, 
high ideals, and great personal magnetism. If you have 
Leo rising, you are big-hearted, expansive, benevolent, and 
kind. You consider it beneath you to stoop to pettiness, 
carping, stinginess, or narrow-mindedness. Because you 
are so magnanimous in spirit, you find it hard to believe ill 
of others. You are the opposite of the Irish as Dr. Samuel 
Johnson described them: "A fair people; they never speak 
well of each other." 

Of course the world does not always live up to anyone's 
expectations, and Leo Ascendants are puzzled and hurt by 
meanness and ungenerosity At such times you simply put on 
your regal air and make sure the underling knows in what 
contempt and low esteem he or she is held. 

Rising-Leos have a great sense of showmanship. You 
love to put on lavish displays — whether it is decorating 
your house with expensive and elegant things or dressing 
in attention-getting clothes or throwing a splendid dinner 
party. To less flamboyant types you may appear ostenta- 
tious, show-offy, and extravagant. But your showy displays 
are not only to get attention; you see life in larger-than-life 
terms and aspire to the highest and the best. This quality 
draws others to you and, in itself, attracts power and influ- 

Leo-Rising people seem surrounded by luck in money, 
career, and friendship. You are not an especially hard 
worker but tend to achieve success through the influence 

and pull of others. Fame and fortune come to you when 
you aren't looking for it. 

You are efficient at organizing groups of people and in- 
spiring them to give their best. You are happiest in the role 
of leader. In fact, you feel wounded if your public doesn't 
put you in that position. When not given what you feel is 
your due, you can turn haughty, temperamental, and arro- 
gant. Leo is the sign of pride, and Ascendant natives have 
this in abundance. You are self-confident and have a res- 
olute faith in yourself. 

There is a basic likeableness about you, partly because 
you give the distinct impression that life is fun. You have a 
wonderful sense of humor. (Note: Rising-Leos have a par- 
ticularly soft spot for children and spoil them outra- 

As a Leo-Rising person, you tend to have a large, beau- 
tifully shaped head, thick shining hair, a dazzling smile 
with bright, even teeth, and a stately bearing. Many of you 
are benefited by an inheritance later in your lives. What- 
ever path you choose to follow, you usually emerge on the 
sunny side of the hill. 

The Sun, which rules Leo, is very prominent in your 
horoscope. The influence of the Sun bestows enthusiasm, 
generosity, power, warmth, creative self-expression, passion, 
and courage. It also encourages egotism, arrogance, snob- 
bism, conceit, pomposity, and condescension. 

228 • Less Well-Known Influences 


Virgo Ascendant 

Virgo ascending ind i cat e s an analytical out- 
look. Though the degree of emotionalism depends on 
other influences in your horoscope, it is generally through 
the mind that you perceive the world. This is not to say 
you are cold and insensitive. Indeed, the opposite is true, 
for Virgo Ascendants have deep and tender emotions and 
care a great deal about others. 

However, it is the process of thinking logically that gives 
you the deepest satisfaction. You appreciate the finely tuned 
mechanics of sifting through facts and information, finding 
the truth of the matter, introducing order and reason into 
almost any situation. Rising- Virgos are rather fixed in opin- 
ion, but not so inflexible that they will not change their 
minds upon careful review of opposing facts. To you, the 
cardinal sin is to be ignorant of one's ignorance. 

A fault sometimes is your inability to put things in per- 
spective, a proclivity for getting bogged down in minutiae 
and losing sight of the big picture. You magnify the impor- 
tance of a petty detail and then become resentful if others 
fail to see its significance. 

Work is important to you, and you usually accomplish a 
great deal during your lifetime. Often you are at war within 
yourself, both wanting things to come easily and needing to 
achieve solely through your own efforts. Control — both of 
self and of events — is what makes you feel secure. As it 

turns out, most Rising-Virgos do gain through their own 
hard work rather than through the influence of others. 

You have a charm and elegance that is difficult to pin 
down. You are not always easy to know intimately. Your 
shyness and aloofness (sometimes well disguised by a so- 
cial veneer) must be penetrated by anyone who wishes to 
become truly close. Emotionally, it's hard for you to show 
your feelings, though a great deal is always going on under 
the surface. 

As children, Rising-Virgos sometimes suffer from poor 
health. Happily, health improves the older you get. For many 
of you, a marriage partner brings property or wealth. Later in 
life Rising-Virgos frequently become property owners, often 
in a foreign country. Success for you is often linked to deal- 
ings in and travel to places far from home. 

As a Rising- Virgo person, you tend to have a gentle, 
oval face, eyes that sweep around a room and take in 
everything, and a body that gives the impression of frailty 
but is actually very strong. 

The planet Mercury, which rules Virgo, is very prominent 
in your horoscope. The influence of Mercury bestows a 
logical mind, acute powers of observation, an intellectual 
outlook, perception, and a flair for science and writing. 
It also encourages fussiness, a nervous temperament, 
sarcasm, fault-finding, and worry. 

Your Ascendant and Its Power • 229 

Libra Ascendant 

Libra is a most pleasing and harmonious As- 
cendant. If you have Libra rising, you have natural 
charm, grace, and poise. You are extremely social-minded 
and take pleasure in being with other people in a convivial 
atmosphere. Parties, holidays, laughter, fun, and good 
times are what Libra Ascendants revel in. You have a gay 
and genial personality and are full of hope for the future. 
No matter what disappointments today may bring, Rising- 
Librans fantasize happy tomorrows and look forward to 
living them. 

Of course, you are not this way all the time. One of your 
problems is that you are easily thrown into despair and de- 
pression, especially by downhearted and discouraging peo- 
ple. Libra is the sign of balance, but it doesn't take much to 
push Libra Ascendants off balance. Basically, however, your 
spirits are optimistic and blithe. 

You are born with a great sense of fairness, and nothing 
angers you more than to see injustice go uncorrected. You 
are deeply upset by cruelty, violence, bloodshed, strife. To 
you life should be serene and content, but it must, above 
all, be fair. 

Libra Ascendants are refined, neat, and discriminating. 
You breathe rarefied air. Your aloof quality is sometimes 
hard for others to figure out, but it will never leave you even 
though you function so well with other people. 

You gravitate toward artistic and creative endeavors, but 
sometimes your artistic flair lies dormant and unused, for 
you dislike hard work and prefer to take the easy way out. 
You don't have to seek the spotlight, however; it shines on 

you. You don't struggle to find success; luck often comes to 
Libra Ascendants through a partner, mate, or close associa- 

You like travel, new people, new projects. You happily 
throw yourself into enterprises that promise excitement or 
diversion. The trouble is you don't have much persever- 
ance, so a great many things go unfinished. Another diffi- 
culty you have is making up your mind. You weigh a deci- 
sion carefully, vacillating between one course of action and 
another; when you've finally decided you still hesitate. 
There is a timidity behind all this pondering, a fear of 
taking risks. 

You are unhappy when single and fond of being mar- 
ried. (This does not necessarily mean that you will stay 
married to the same person.) Somewhere along the way 
Libra Ascendants are likely to gain wealth and material 
possessions through a marriage partner. As a rule you 
don't have a lot of children, but you take great delight in 
those you do have. 

As a Libra-Rising person, you tend to have a strikingly 
good-looking face, graceful and symmetrical bone struc- 
ture, and a radiant smile. Your body is usually curving or 
round, though not necessarily fat. 

The planet Venus, which rules Libra, is very prominent in 
your horoscope. The influence of Venus bestows beauty, 
charm, social graces, a romantic nature, an appreciation 
for art, music, and decoration. It also encourages superfi- 
ciality, jealousy, laziness, dependence on others, and a weak 

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Scorpio Ascendant 

If you were born with Scorpio ascending, you 
put the whole force of your personality behind every- 
thing you do. You are not a halfway person. Rising-Scor- 
pios have an intensity, a dynamism that seethes and roils 
under the surface. Your willpower and determination are 

Though you are sometimes viewed as a lone wolf, you 
do have an ability to work with people — actually, to lead 
people. You are strongly persuasive and zealously pursue 
your goals, and in addition have the power to make others 
pursue the same goals. 

Clever, creative, and resourceful, your fertile mind 
seems to be an inexhaustible source of ideas and sugges- 
tions. Your brain behind your cool facade is always ticking 
away. One of the things you must do is find out how 
something works, to dissect it, study it, and put it back to- 
gether so that it works better. This is also true in artistic 
terms; you can do great visionary work if you have Scorpio 
rising in your chart. 

As a Scorpio Ascendant you are happiest when you can 
control from behind the scenes. You tend to be secretive and 
reserved, and shun the spotlight because you can't work 
there unnoticed. If you are domineering, it is a subtle domi- 
nance, a kind of mind control. Some people claim that they 
are hypnotized by Scorpio Ascendants; it's true that you 
have a way of knowing what others are thinking. Much of 
this comes from your acute powers of observation. You are a 
charming, witty conversationalist, but the acute observer 

will soon notice that it is the other person who is doing most 
of the talking. You are usually quietly watching, waiting, ob- 
serving — filing away information that will be useful later on. 

Rising-Scorpios have a reputation for a sharp temper; 
the reputation is deserved. When crossed, you can be cruel 
and biting. You tend to use any weapon at your disposal — 
from ridicule to playing on a person's fears. In the heat of 
that moment, Rising-Scorpio must be the victor. Later, you 
are remorseful for having dealt wounds, though it is ex- 
tremely hard for you to say so. 

Scorpio is the astrological sign of hidden passion; Scor- 
pio Ascendants tend to have a secret love affair at least one 
time in their lives, and usually marry more than once. As- 
trologers have observed a strange pattern in which Rising- 
Scorpios often lose their first spouse to death. They seem 
to suffer more financial setbacks and disappointments 
than other rising signs; but no other sign is more victori- 
ous in the end. 

As a Scorpio Ascendant you tend to have sharp features, 
a prominent nose, and large, hypnotic eyes. Sometimes 
your brows are thick and dark. Your body is agile and 
moves decisively. 

The planet Pluto, which rules Scorpio, is very prominent in 
your horoscope. The influence of Pluto bestows powerful feel- 
ings and emotions, a sense of purpose, persistence, determina- 
tion, plus the imagination and ability to make a successful 
start in a new direction. This planet's influence also favors 
secrecy, suspicion, jealousy, and cruelty. 

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Sagittarius Ascendant 

A Sagittarius Ascendant favors independence 
and freedom. You cannot bear to be stifled by out- 
moded ideas or difficult lovers or tedious work. You are 
progressive, full of optimism about the future. You are also 
restless in spirit, anxious to get on with the business of liv- 
ing, ready to accept a new challenge. 

Sometimes your impatience is misunderstood. Your 
sensitivity toward other people and your need for freedom 
are part of the same personality. You grant freedom to oth- 
ers and never try to limit or restrict another human being. 

Sagittarius Ascendants are basically humanitarians, ide- 
alists who care deeply about injustice. On a personal level, 
you are honest and generous to others and easily wounded 
when confronted with selfishness or thoughtless cruelty. 
It's true that you can expect too much of your fellow man. 

You have a knack for making friends, for you are very 
open to new people and new ideas. You enjoy a spirited 
discussion, an exchange of opinion. (Rising-Sagittarians 
have a reputation for frankness: other people always know 
where they stand with you.) You are interested in research, 
blessed with imagination, foresight, and clear thinking. 
You like to travel, see new places, learn how the rest of the 
world lives. Usually you tend to read a great deal, watch 
the news, subscribe to periodicals, plug into the latest in- 
formation on the computer, talk about current events with 
friends. You prefer the simple life, with not too many trap- 

pings or obligations. You like money, but your real appre- 
ciation is for the independence it affords. You fear that if 
you take success too seriously, life will become boring. 

One of your problems is that you don't measure the 
consequences of what you do. You are impulsive, some- 
times reckless. To take action is the main thing, to do 
something about a problem. You don't always stop to con- 
sider where all the activity may lead. 

Marriage is not the most important thing in your life. 
Sagittarian Ascendants have a tendency to marry the 
wrong person (at least once) and get into unhappy roman- 
tic situations from which they must extricate themselves. 
Travel is a major theme in your life, and luck surrounds 
you in foreign countries. Many Rising-Sagittarians live out 
their later years in another country. 

As a person with Sagittarius rising, you tend to have a 
pleasant, cheerful face, a broad forehead, bright, humorous 
eyes, and a friendly smile. You often make sweeping ges- 
tures with your arms and hands, and have a strong, active 

The planet Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius, is very 
prominent in your horoscope. The influence of Jupiter 
bestows good fortune, happiness, generosity, breadth of 
vision, sincerity, and a genial social manner. It also encour- 
ages restlessness, self-indulgence, conceit, impatience, 
wastefulness, and gambling. 

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Capricorn Ascendant 

If you have Capricorn ascending, you tend to 
have a serious turn of mind. One would not call you 
melancholy, but you certainly aren't frivolous. Cautious in 
your dealings, you are reluctant to commit yourself until 
you know the score. With strangers you are often quiet, re- 
served, perhaps a bit shy. But once you open up you can be 
lively, friendly, warm, and expressive. 

Capricorn Ascendants have strong personalities, possess 
great willpower and determination, and diligently pursue 
their goals. These goals are usually for a better life — 
money, status, a higher standing in the community for 
your family. It's important to you to feel that your life is 
meaningful. You have self-esteem and are reliable, depend- 
able, and stable. Sometimes, though, you will strive toward 
a goal and when you achieve it will still not be happy. You 
have a sense that something is missing, and you continue 
your search. 

You have an active mind with quick intelligence and an 
ability to concentrate. You can ferret out information, see 
flaws in a plan, map things out ahead in detail. Sometimes 
you may be accused of being too calculating, because you 
add up all the pros and cons before embarking on a proj- 
ect. If an opponent has a weakness, you are also quick to 
spot it — and not entirely above using it to your advantage. 

You tend to fuss over details to make sure all contingen- 
cies have been covered. It's your way of being in control — 
you don't want bad luck to catch you unprepared. Rising- 

Capricorns are worriers; in youth you worry about life, 
in old age about death. In middle age you worry about 

It isn't always easy for Rising-Capricorns to show their 
feelings, though powerful feelings do exist. You love deeply, 
are loyal and protective, and go out of your way to do kind 
deeds for others. However, you are often torn by jealousy 
and resentment (which you hide), and down deep you 
never really forgive someone who does you an injury. 

What you achieve is mainly through your own efforts 
rather than through the influence of others. Though it 
happens that Rising-Capricorns seem to benefit financially 
through marriage, your own hard work within the union is 
largely responsible for your gain. With Capricorn Ascen- 
dants there is often a rivalry with brothers and sisters, or 
some kind of disagreement with their fathers. 

As a person with Capricorn rising, you tend to have a 
small, well-shaped head, deep and penetrating eyes, and a 
beautiful smile with good-looking teeth. You have strong 
feet and usually enjoy walking or jogging. 

The planet Saturn, which rules Capricorn, is very 
prominent in your horoscope. The influence of Saturn be- 
stows discipline, ambition, patience, determination, good 
endurance, and thrift. It also encourages stubbornness, 
hardship, melancholy, aloofness, pessimism, and selfish- 

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Aquarius Ascendant 

If you have Aquarius ascending, you usually make 
friends easily. You are quick-witted and lively, open in 
your dealings, honest and truthful. You are an inventive 
conversationalist who paints word pictures that amuse and 
fascinate. Intelligent and charming, you are particularly 
suited to a position of leadership. 

You are idealistic in your outlook and want nothing 
more than for all the world to be happy and harmonious. 
Even the idea of conflict upsets you. You want to see the 
best in humanity and are hopeful about the future. 

Though you have a reputation for fairness and toler- 
ance, there is a strong streak of inflexibility to your nature. 
Much of this is the impatience you feel toward those who 
do not have your visionary or lofty ideas. Rising-Aquarians 
are modern, forward-thinking, and progressive, yet you are 
as set in your ways as Capricorn or Taurus. One could say 
that you hold firmly far-out opinions. The choice for most 
people is to accept society as they find it or try to improve 
it. You want to construct a new society that will corre- 
spond to your vision of the ideal. 

You are often intolerant of other people's shortcomings 
and can be wickedly sarcastic and very funny at the same 
time. Your razor-sharp powers of observation help you to 
uncover flaws that you can poke fun at. 

You are a system of paradoxes. You enjoy being with 
people but are perfectly content to be alone. You like to 
travel but love relaxing at home. You are friendly and out- 
going but, at other times, moody and reserved. You have 

both a scientific and an artistic turn of mind. In your ca- 
reer, you often are involved in two distinct areas of work. 

Fame comes rather easily to Aquarius-Rising people, 
and many times it is just as easily taken away from them. 
Your life tends to be marked by unexpected triumphs and 
reversals. When good fortune smiles there is often a dark 
underside to it. For example, many Rising- Aquarians in- 
herit money, but it often turns out that the legal entangle- 
ments are more trouble than the inheritance is worth. 

Aquarius Ascendants approach new places and situa- 
tions with a spirit of adventure, even though the spirit 
does tend to wear thin. You become quickly bored. Rising- 
Aquarians usually marry early in life and find contentment 
with their mates. Though most of you are comfortably off 
by the time you reach middle age, you never quite make all 
the money you'd like. Friends are helpful to you in both 
career and personal matters. 

As a person with Aquarius rising, you tend to have a 
wide forehead, fine bone structure in your face, and 
dreamy, wandering eyes. Many of you are quite tall and 

The planet Uranus, which rules Aquarius, is very 
prominent in your horoscope. The influence of Uranus be- 
stows independence, originality, friendliness, a reforming 
spirit, versatility, and a hatred of restriction. It also encour- 
ages rebellion, unpredictability, tactlessness, eccentricity, 
and contrariness. 

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Pisces Ascendant 

If you were born with Pisces rising, you carry 
within yourself a strong artistic gift that must sooner or 
later find expression. You have an active fantasy life and a 
pronounced romantic outlook. You want life to be perfect 
and since it isn't, you choose not to see what you don't 
want to see. Down deep, many Rising-Pisceans believe that 
they alone are destined to suffer disillusionment in life; 
sometimes others sense this secret sorrow in you. Often 
you feel you were born at the wrong time in the wrong 
place, and you are strongly drawn to the past. 

Basically, you have a dauntless goodwill toward others. 
You tend to be very sociable, fond of entertaining, and en- 
joy the warmth of companionship. You love the good 
life — fine food and drink especially, beautiful clothes, and 
travel. At parties Rising-Pisceans are vivacious and verbal 
(sometimes you talk too much); you enjoy performing in 
front of a group. A talent for mimicry makes many Pisces 
Ascendants turn to the theater. 

The word sentimental comes to mind when describing 
you. Your tender feelings are easily moved by sad stories, 
lost animals, unhappy human beings. Your personality is 
also changeable, at times moody and distressed. Worry and 
imagined fears overtake and sometimes overcome you. 

In your private life you tend to be disorganized, a bit 
careless, the kind who is forever losing or misplacing be- 
longings. In work, however, you are knowledgeable and 
creative and can be quite disciplined when working within 
a group, especially in artistic projects. You are also success- 
ful in occupations that involve writing and travel. Many 
Rising-Pisceans frequently change their residence. 

It often happens with Pisces Ascendants that a person 
who was an adversary in early years becomes a valuable 
friend later on. You may sometimes have trouble with a 
first marriage because of in-laws and relatives. As a Rising- 
Piscean you are probably fond of children; your own chil- 
dren usually bring you pride and happiness. 

If you have Pisces rising, you tend to have large, lumi- 
nous eyes and a sensuous mouth. You are likely to have 
wavy hair and well-shaped feet. 

The planet Neptune, which rules Pisces, is very promi- 
nent in your horoscope. The influence of Neptune bestows 
compassion, sensitivity, keen intuition, imagination, cre- 
ativity, and an interest in spiritual things and the occult. 
It also encourages confusion, indecisiveness, worry, vague- 
ness, carelessness, and self-deception. 

Your Ascendant and Its Power • 235 


Their Role in Your Destiny 

Our solar system as we know it today consists of the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and eight 
other planets that revolve around the Sun in a precise and ordered pattern. The dependability of this 
pattern allows us to go to bed each night knowing that morning will arrive on schedule tomorrow. 
This pattern marks not only our days, but our seasons, our years, and our lives. This "conformity to certain 
known laws"(as the Columbia Encyclopedia expresses it) enables us here on Earth to calculate exactly where a 
given planet has been, is, or will be at any given point in time. 

Because each entity in our solar system moves at a different speed and rate, and in a separate path or orbit, 
the combinations of the placement of the planets are almost endless. At the moment of your birth, the Sun, 
Moon, and planets were in a particular arrangement in the heavens. This exact arrangement will not be repeated 
for 4,320,000 years. This means another person with your exact horoscope will not walk on this earth for an- 
other 4,320,000 years! Even then, of course, that person will never be exactly the same because of the entirely 
different genetic and environmental factors. 

What about twins, one might ask. Wouldn't they have the exact same horoscope? The answer is no. Every 
four minutes the Ascendant changes by one degree. This means that twins born as little as four minutes apart 
might have Ascendants in two different signs if one of the twins was born in the last degree of an Ascendant and 
the second twin born in the first degree of a new Ascendant. Even a difference of one degree in the same Ascen- 
dant makes a change. When the Ascendant shifts, the entire birth chart shifts. True, the changes are slight and 
the horoscopes are very similar — but then, twins are very similar. 

And what of people born at the same second, perhaps in the very same hospital? People born at the same 
time are known as astral-twins or time-twins. A great deal of research is currently being done by astrologers 
and scientists into the life-patterns of time-twins. The results are astounding. In case after case, it has been 


documented that the life-patterns of time-twins are eerily 
similar. In many cases, they marry at the same time, have 
the same number and same sexes of children; they di- 
vorce, travel, and change jobs and residences at the same 
time; in many cases they die at the same time and from 
the same causes. 

Obviously time-twins are very, very rare. The unique 
pattern of Sun, Moon, and planets in your horoscope is 
most likely unduplicated by anyone else. Your Sun sign 
might be Taurus or Scorpio, but you may be as different as 
night and day from another Taurus or Scorpio. Just as 
your fingerprints are like no one else's, your birth chart is 
like no one else's. And if you wish to gain further insight 
into the knowledge astrology can provide you, you must 
know where the various planets are placed in your (or 
anyone else's) birth chart. 

Each planet has a specific influence in astrology and 
governs a certain area of your personality or your ap- 
proach to life. For example, Mercury relates to your men- 
tal outlook; Venus governs your love nature. It is the 
placement of these planets in the various zodiacal signs 
that determines how you express the different facets of 
your personality. If your Mercury is in Gemini, you tend 
to be extremely verbal and quick-witted. If your Mercury 
is in Capricorn, you handle detail work very well and care- 
fully plot out your plans in advance. If your Venus is in 
Leo, you are not happy unless you receive a great deal of 
attention from a lover. If your Venus is in Aquarius, you 
consider freedom of expression for each person to be the 
most important thing in a love relationship. 

In the following pages you will find a rundown of 
each planet, its power and influence, and what that influ- 
ence means when it is in each sign of the zodiac. There are 

Planetary Tables on pages 485-513 that will give you the 
exact position of each planet in your chart for your partic- 
ular day of birth. 

Note: The astrological community has taken a great inter- 
est in a tiny planet or asteroid (it has not yet been deter- 
mined which, and is often referred to as a planetoid) dis- 
covered by Charles Kowal on November 1, 1977. This tiny 
planetary body is named Chiron, who in Greek mythology 
was the wise centaur, a teacher, and a healer. Chiron has a 
diameter of between 100 and 400 miles and an orbit that 
lies between Saturn and Uranus. The astrological signifi- 
cance of Chiron is still under observation. In general it is 
thought of as an influence for spiritual regeneration and 
the search for meaningful work. Some astrologers connect 
it to Scorpio and Sagittarius, and others to Virgo. A group 
has been formed called the Association for Studying Chi- 
ron; this society feels that Chiron has no sign rulership 
and that its nature is, in their word, "maverick." Many as- 
trologers (and computer astrology programs) now rou- 
tinely note the position of Chiron in horoscopes and, 
when doing chart readings, include an interpretation of 
Chiron's placement in a birth chart. 

In August 1989, an interesting discovery about Nep- 
tune's moon Triton was made. Data sent back to Earth 
from our space probe, Voyager 2, has led many as- 
tronomers to believe that Triton may once have been a 
planet that revolved around our Sun, and eons ago was 
drawn into Neptune's gravitational embrace. 

In accordance with ancient prediction, many as- 
trologers down through the years have believed that more 
planets will be discovered within our solar system. A pre- 

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vailing theory (one among many) is that two more planets 
remain to be discovered — the planet Apollo and the planet 
Vulcan. Apollo is said to be the true ruler of Taurus 
(which now shares the planet Venus with the sign of Li- 
bra), and Vulcan to be the true ruler of Virgo (which now 
shares the planet Mercury with the sign of Gemini). 

Indeed, astronomers continue to search for two other 
planets in our solar system. One, named Vulcan, is 
thought to be close to the Sun, between Mercury and the 
Sun. The other, called Planet X, is being looked for beyond 
Pluto. Something out there is exerting a gravitational pull 
on Uranus, but Pluto (the planet beyond Uranus) is far 
too tiny in size to influence the orbit of a planet as big as 
Uranus, and so astronomers continue to search for Planet 
X. In fact, in April 1998, the scientific world was thrilled 
when it seemed that a tenth planet had been discovered, 

and disappointed when it turned out to be a comet briefly 
orbiting the Sun. 

When a new planet is discovered and assigned to a zo- 
diacal sign, that sign undergoes a slow change in appear- 
ance. For example, before the end of the eighteenth century 
(and therefore before the planet Uranus was discovered), 
the rulership of Aquarius belonged to Saturn. Back then 
Aquarius was a much more sober, practical, melancholy, 
and restrictive sign than the bright, modern, forward- 
thinking, and electric Aquarius we know today. In the 
grand plan of the universe according to astrology, the true 
ruler of a sign brings out that sign's true characteristics. 

Of course, it is perfectly possible that the ancient pre- 
dictions will not take place and the number of planets in 
our solar system will remain exactly the same as today. 
Only time will tell. 






It has been said that Mercury makes life under- 
standable, for it is the planet of intelligence. 

How does the power of Mercury express itself in your 

Do you easily strike up conversations with strangers or 
do you only open up with friends? Are you the kind who 
on a moment's notice will have a bag packed and rush off 
on a trip, or do you prefer quiet evenings at home listen- 
ing to music, delving among your favorite books? Do you 
enjoy speaking in front of a group, or would you rather 
tell stories in your own living room? Do you take hold of 
one idea and see it through to fruition, or do you prefer 
working on many projects at once? 

You can start to answer these questions by looking at 

your horoscope to find the position of Mercury, planet of 
the mind. 

From the very beginning of man's observation of this 
elusive planet, Mercury has been associated with speed 
and agility. In ancient mythology, Mercury was the mes- 
senger of the gods. He was young, beautiful, and swift as 
the wind, for his feet had wings. His province was com- 
munication, commerce, everything requiring skill and 
dexterity. Not only was he clever in speech, he also in- 
vented music, mathematics, and astronomy. In Roman 
times, Mercury also became the god of thieves, for he was 
a cunning trickster, full of guile. 

In astrology, Mercury is the planet of mental activities, 
communication, and intellectual energy. It rules over your 

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An Astronomical Look at Mercury 

Mercury is the second-smallest planet in our solar system (only Pluto is smaller), and the planet nearest the Sun (about 36 
million miles away). Its diameter is 3,000 miles compared to Earth's diameter of almost 8,000. Mercury moves very 
quickly, completing a revolution around the Sun every 88 days, as opposed to Earth's orbit around the Sun of 365 14 days. 

Because Mercury is so near to the Sun it is not easily seen through telescopes; when nearest to Earth, Mercury is 
between us and the Sun, and therefore invisible. The planet is never visible long after sunset nor long before sunrise, and so 
our observations have always been made in daylight when it is difficult to see. Mercury's orbit is very near our horizon, 
and the haze of the Earth's atmosphere further clouds our vision of the planet. 

Recent space probes, however, have given us a much clearer picture of the planet. Until well into the second half of the 
twentieth century, astronomers believed that Mercury did not turn on an axis the way Earth does. However, we now know 
that Mercury does rotate on its axis, once every 59 days. Thus the planet makes three rotations during two revolutions 
around the Sun, resulting in the rather unusual phenomenon of there being exactly three Mercury-days in every two 
Mercury-years! According to photographs made in 1975 by the Mariner 10 probe, the surface of Mercury is similar to our 
Moon's — riddled and pitted with craters — and a magnetic field around the planet protects it from the Sun's harsh particle 

Mercury appears as an evening star in March and April, and as a morning star in September and October. The ancient 
Greeks thought it was two stars — a morning star they named Apollo and an evening star called Mercury. In Egypt it was 
also regarded as two stars, Set and Horus, which were known as the stars of thought. 

intelligence, perception and reason, memory, speaking and 
writing. It reflects the way you see, hear, understand, and 
assimilate information. Day-to-day travel, short trips, and 
the various means of transportation are under its domin- 
ion. It also controls the functions of the nerves, arms, 
hands, and fingers. 

When Mercury is prominent in a person's horoscope, 
that person is likely to be facile in speech; a lively and 
amusing storyteller; a clever, shrewd bargainer. He or she 
will probably have a good memory, a talent for debate, and 
quick, highstrung movements. 

Mercury also rules the voice, and people with strong 
Mercury influences are successful at public speaking, 
singing, and acting. Mercury protects travelers and bene- 
fits education and research. Its rulership ranges from such 
major areas as the nervous system and the ability to com- 
municate to such minor things as handwriting, pens 
and pencils, communication via the computer, and deliv- 

The negative side of Mercury's influence produces a 
tendency to be critical, sarcastic, argumentative, and sly. 
Lies, deceit, and certain types of crime, such as fraud, 


swindling, and forgery, are examples of Mercury's negative 

Because Mercury travels so close to the Sun, it is never 
very far from the Sun in your birth chart. It is always ei- 
ther in your Sun sign or in the sign immediately preceding 
or following your Sun sign. 

Where Is Your Mercury? 

To find out what sign Mercury was in on the day of 
your birth, consult the Mercury Tables on page 485. 

MERCURY IN ARIES This is a strong position for Mer- 
cury because Aries imparts aggressiveness and bril- 
liance to the intelligence. If you have Mercury in Aries, 
you tend to be witty, outspoken, and original. There is 
a sharp edge to your conversation, an ironic or sarcas- 
tic tone that can sometimes be biting and sometimes 
very funny. You use highly expressive language and 
throw a lot of slang into your speech. You exaggerate. 
An Aries-Mercury makes you impatient, eager to get 
things done and wanting your way in the proceedings. 
You can be argumentative and tactless. Fond of both 
speaking and writing, you may become active in the 
literary world. Even if not a professional writer your- 
self, you like to talk to writers and attend literary cock- 
tail parties. A problem is that you are too impulsive; 
not enough planning goes into your actions. However, 
you are blessed with luck in this respect: Your first de- 
cisions tend to be the right ones. Mercury- in- Aries 
people suffer from headaches, especially in a raucous 
and noisy atmosphere. 

MERCURY IN TAURUS As a Mercury-in-Taurus per- 
son, you never embark on a project without being 
completely prepared. You have a practical, stable, and 
constructive mind. There is a rigidity to your intellect: 
You are quite sure your opinions are the wisest and 
you have little use for what others think. You have an 
excellent memory and are a good observer, but you are 
apt to listen inattentively; since you're not about to 
change your mind, why listen to what someone else 
has to say? You also have a tendency to repeat yourself, 
to state what you've just said over again in different 
terms, usually to make sure everyone has gotten the 
point. Although you are sociable and attractive, and 
have a certain refinement about your manners, you're a 
bit shy with strangers. You're more at ease reading a 
book while lounging in a comfortable overstuffed chair 
than holding court in the middle of a crowded gather- 
ing. You read a great deal, but it is experience that 
teaches you the lessons you value in life. A Mercury 
in Taurus promotes a knack for handling money. Pos- 
sessing an eye for both beauty and value, Mercury- 
Taureans are often successful art and antique dealers. 

MERCURY IN GEMINI If you have Mercury in Gem- 
ini, it's hard to pin you down. You have a quicksilver 
duality to your mind. You tend to change opinions 
quickly based on the latest news you're listening to. 
You often hold down more than one job or work on a 
number of projects at once. Extremely quick, versatile, 
interested in the world at large, you live mostly on a 
mental plane. You must have facts and information; 
what you want is to know. You are good at languages 
and math and love to read, study, travel, and talk to 

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new people about what you think. However, because 
you have such a variety of interests, your grasp of 
knowledge tends to be superficial. You always know a 
bit about everything, but sometimes not a lot about 
anything. You are clever enough to conceal this and to 
give a marvelous impression of being well informed. 
Another problem is your lack of stick-to-itiveness. At 
times there is a distinct lack of order in your life. You 
would make a wonderful debater, public speaker, or ac- 
tor, and you have lots of friends because of your infec- 
tious good humor. Many popular TV interviewers and 
talk-show hosts have their Mercury in Gemini. 

MERCURY IN CANCER As a native of this Mercury 
position, you are sensitive to what others think about 
you. You have an almost sixth-sense intuition and pick 
up signals from all around you. You believe that if we 
had to depend only on our eyes we would see very lit- 
tle. You are chameleonlike in the way you are able to 
adapt yourself to different kinds of people. This does 
not mean you don't cling possessively to your own 
ideas. Indeed, you are a bit narrow-minded, but others 
would need to be as psychic as you are to discern this. 
On the surface it is not evident; you maintain a charm- 
ing social face. Your outlook is always intensely per- 
sonal — you're fond of discussing large events in terms 
of your own feelings. Gifted with powerful imagina- 
tion, a sense of poetry, and a fine memory, Mercury - 
in-Cancer people are successful as scholars, historians, 
teachers, and writers. You are likely to make a profit in 
real estate and may inherit money from the maternal 
side of your family. Sometimes you are plagued with 
irrational phobias, such as a fear of flying. 

MERCURY IN LEO Mercury in Leo bestows a gift for 
eloquence and a skill for leading others. If you are a 
native of this position, you have a magnetic flair for 
dealing with people. You are a superb organizer who 
knows how to direct, manage, and control. It's true that 
you can be boastful, arrogant, and bombastic; and if 
things don't go your way your fiery temper may ignite. 
But basically you have such a kind heart and sunny 
disposition that people usually forgive you. There is a 
showy expansiveness to your outlook. Though you 
would rather play than work, you are determined to be 
successful. You have great enthusiasm and sometimes 
get so caught up in a project you ignore everything 
else. People with Mercury in Leo are in love with the 
theater and the performing arts, and are happiest when 
they are on display. Creative fields attract you; you re- 
sent tedious work. 

MERCURY IN VIRGO This position of Mercury gives a 
fine analytical quality to the mind. You like to deal in 
facts; before you make up your mind you must know 
all sides to the question and get all the information 
available in order to analyze it. Once you form a the- 
ory, you're quite convinced it is the truth. Thencefor- 
ward, you expect reality to conform to your ideas, 
rather than vice versa. You have an intellectual intoler- 
ance for people who are sloppy in their thinking; you 
don't really understand human failings. Your emotional 
detachment makes you an excellent scientist, re- 
searcher, teacher, or reporter. You are very quick to 
learn and can usually memorize long pages of material. 
A fault is your eagerness to take on too much work or 
too many projects. You wear yourself down, and at 



times become nervous and hypercritical. As a Mer- 
cury-Virgo you have a superb talent for creative crafts. 

MERCURY IN LIBRA Mercury is the planet of rational- 
ity and Libra the sign of balance. If you have this Mer- 
cury position, you love to make comparisons by listing 
all the pros and cons, looking at both sides, weighing 
all the factors. What you want is to make the perfect 
choice. Even after you've made up your mind, however, 
it isn't definite. A favorite ploy is to adopt a wait-and- 
see attitude. In truth, you have fine intuitions and of- 
ten know things in a flash. But then you tend to intel- 
lectualize and go off in the wrong direction. Toward 
other people, your attitude is gentle, sympathetic, 
friendly. You are fond of socializing. Not wishing to 
stir up controversy (oh, never!) in company, you will 
go along with someone else's opinion even if you pri- 
vately disagree. Mercury-in-Libra people do their best 
creative and intellectual work within a partnership. 
You are especially successful if you team up with a 
strong person who can direct you. Left alone, you may 
become lazy and not apply yourself with diligence. 

MERCURY IN SCORPIO As a Mercury-in-Scorpio per- 
son, you are questioning and probing. You must dig 
beneath the surface to discover the real facts. You are 
especially drawn to things hidden: many of you go into 
the fields of medicine, science, religion, and the occult. 
Mercury-Scorpios are particularly suited for investiga- 
tive work because you are unflagging in your pursuit 
and nothing eludes your keen observation. You take 
great pride in your ability not to be fooled. You also 
have a stubborn, obstinate mind and are enamored of 

your own ideas. One cannot budge you from a point 
of view unless you want to be budged. You consider 
other people's "proofs" to be variations of their opin- 
ions, and listen to neither one nor the other. Solitary 
work and research are better suited to your tempera- 
ment than cooperative ventures. You probably have a 
volatile temper, and Mercury-Scorpios are known for 
their biting sarcasm when crossed or upset. You have 
an emotional intelligence. You will fight for a cause 
even if it is hopeless, or sacrifice your time and ener- 
gies for someone you love. 

MERCURY IN SAGITTARIUS If you have this posi- 
tion of Mercury you are quick and bright, breezy, to 
the point. You prize freedom of expression and cannot 
bear the thought of any power of censorship over what 
you have to say. Your mind is restless, inquiring, always 
looking for stimulation. You may jump from project to 
project or change jobs frequently. Travel is often in- 
volved in your work. Mercury-Sagittarians never stop 
learning; yours is an ongoing, lifetime education. You 
love to read, explore new ideas, learn about other peo- 
ple. You are fast on your feet and can grasp ideas in- 
stantly, but a frequent failing is your lack of concentra- 
tion. Some people find you too blunt and outspoken, 
but that quality springs from Sagittarius's basic hon- 
esty. You never deliberately set out to deceive or dis- 
semble; if you are tactless it's because you don't think 
before you speak. Sometimes you find it difficult to 
complete a long, sustained piece of work. 

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MERCURY IN CAPRICORN If you have Mercury in 
Capricorn you tend to be ambitious and methodical, 
careful, calculating, and patient. You are not only su- 
perb at handling detail, but you also never lose sight of 
the whole picture. When it comes to making decisions 
you are extremely rational. Logic, the steady progres- 
sion from point to point, is what you put your faith in. 
You always have an objective; you always have a secret 
goal you are pursuing. Mercury-Capricorns often at- 
tain positions of leadership because they are so de- 
pendable and have an air of authority. (This is evident 
even in very small children who have Mercury in this 
position.) A problem you have in relating to people 
can be your dictatorial manner. You also tend to have a 
disapproving air about the foibles and frivolities of 
others. Life is serious to Mercury-Capricorns and you 
see its dark side — though a redeeming trait is your dry 
sense of humor. 

MERCURY IN AQUARIUS Mercury in Aquarius indi- 
cates a fine and clever mind, inquisitive, accurate, and 
inventive. As a native of this position you take a great 
interest in other people and have excellent judgment of 
human nature. You love to analyze character and moti- 
vation, and with your finely tuned powers of observa- 
tion are able to predict accurately how someone will 
react in a certain situation. You are a notorious people- 
watcher — in trains, buses, airports, and restaurants. 
Yours is a broad and emotionally detached outlook. 
Aquarius is the sign of the truth-seeker, which charac- 

terizes the way your mind works. You enjoy intellectual 
discussions about philosophy, metaphysics, and the fu- 
ture of mankind. Chances are you have read the classic 
writings of our great thinkers. You are especially suited 
for work in progressive professions — science, inven- 
tions, the world of television and electronics. Some- 
times you may seem eccentric, for your ideas are ad- 
vanced and you also enjoy saying things that shock 
other people. 

MERCURY IN PISCES Pisces is the sign of psychic rev- 
elation, and Mercury in this sign gives you a subtle and 
intuitive mind. There is an intriguing air of mystery 
about the way you think. You don't logically arrive at 
conclusions; you seem to get flashes of knowledge or 
sudden feelings that are not based on previous facts or 
circumstances. Sometimes you will make a pronounce- 
ment, and afterward what you say will turn out to be 
true. You have accurate intuition. As a Mercury-Piscean 
you are imaginative and creative, but you tend to lack 
self-confidence. At times you appear timid or confused. 
You have deep sympathy and understanding for the 
foibles, failings, and follies of other people. In your 
opinion everyone, including a liar, has his own truth. 
You have such sensitivity to your environment that you 
cannot work or think straight when there is anything 
or anyone upsetting or jarring around you. An apt 
image for Mercury-in-Pisces is the absentminded 




Venus is the planet of love and pleasure. It rules 
over your capacity to express affection and to enjoy 
beauty. In addition, Venus lends your personality allure and 
desirability, and tells what kind of sex appeal you possess. 

By looking at the position of Venus in your birth chart, 
you can answer such questions as: What kind of lovers do 
you attract? Are you flirtatious? Do you find happiness in 
your love affairs, or are you often disappointed? Where do 
your creative talents lie? 

From early times, Venus in mythology has been a god- 
dess whose dominion is love and the emotions. It was 
Venus who taught the arts of seduction to mortal men 
and women. Her power over the heart is legend; she "stole 
the wits even of the wise." She was extremely beautiful, 
and flowers grew wherever she walked. The goddess was 

also temperamental and self-indulgent, and at times could 
be treacherous and spiteful. 

In astrology Venus rules over love affairs, art and 
beauty, adornment and decoration, the social graces, affec- 
tion, harmony and friendship. The planet governs the 
higher emotions; its greatest gift is the gift of happiness. 
It can be said that Venus makes life beautiful. 

The influence of Venus in your chart indicates how you 
relate to the opposite sex, whether you are popular and 
make friends easily, and also what artistic leanings you 
have. It rules your ability to love and to share with another 
person, and also governs your choice of gifts, cosmetics, 
flowers, and art objects. Being the planet of pleasure, it 
points to the kinds of amusements you are drawn to and 
in what ways you spend your money. 

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An Astronomical Look at Venus 

Venus, the second planet from the Sun (a little over 67 million miles away), has long been known as Earth's sister-planet 
because it is very similar to Earth in size, mass, and density. Also, no other planet comes as near to us in its orbit. The orbit 
of Venus lies between us and the Sun and is an almost perfect circle. 

Venus takes 225 days to complete its journey around the Sun. Like Mercury, the planet at times appears to us as a 
morning star and an evening star. In ancient days astronomers thought it was two separate stars — one that heralded the 
morning and the other that closed the doors of twilight. 

Though Venus is so near to us, until the early 1960s its surface was a mystery due to the impenetrable veil of clouds 
that envelops it. Since that time space probes have shown that Venus has a hard crust like the Earth and a rocky surface 
covered with volcanoes, mountains, and craters. The most recent space probe to study Venus was the Magellan from 1990 
to 1994. Venus's thick and heavy cloud covering has been analyzed as composed of carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid. The 
light of the Sun is reflected on these clouds, which is what makes Venus shine so brightly in the heavens. The planet's soft 
and beautifully luminous appearance has always fascinated earthlings. 

When Venus is prominent in your horoscope you are Where Is Your Venus? 
usually a delightful companion, very easy to get along 

with. Venus also endows its natives with an unerring eye To find out what sign Venus was in on the day of your 
for design and beauty, and knowledge of how to dress and birth, consult the Venus Tables on page 491. 
^resent themselves appealingly. 

The other side of Venus's influence is that it can en- VENUS IN ARIES This position of Venus gives a re- 
courage a person to put more importance on pleasure, sponsive and impulsive love nature. You are the kind of 
ease, and luxury than on self-discipline. A strong streak of person who falls in love at first sight and never thinks 
narcissism and a lack of willpower indicate an afflicted* once before following the dictates of your heart. You 
Venus in a chart. are strongly sensual and feel at your most complete 

The planet Venus never travels far from the Sun. In when you are emotionally involved with someone, 
your horoscope, it is always either in your Sun sign or in Physical appearance is what first attracts you, but to 
ane of the two signs immediately preceding or following sustain a love affair you must also find mental compat- 
your Sun sign. ibility. You are turned off by a sloppy appearance or 

loud, vulgar behavior. As a Venus-Arien you attract 
*A planet is "afflicted" when the negative side of its power is stressed. friends because of your demonstrative and enthusiastic 


attitude. You like to bring unexpected gifts to those 
you love. People with Venus in Aries are a curious mix- 
ture of sentimentality and aggressiveness. Your emo- 
tions are easily touched but you are also demanding 
and somewhat selfish. Others should not expect you to 
settle down into calm domestic peace; you are too rest- 
less and flirtatious, too enamored of amour. 

VENUS IN TAURUS As a Venus-in-Taurus person you 
are affectionate and romantic, but you don't give your 
love away too quickly. A bad love affair is hard on you 
emotionally, so you take your time deciding on the 
right person to love. This process, however, is done by 
feeling rather than thinking logically. Yours is a very 
physical and earthy love nature. To you, love does not 
exist without sex. You are very demonstrative and gen- 
erous toward a lover, sometimes too much so. Your 
passion can be smothering; you have an all-consuming 
need to make a lover belong to you. With friends, you 
are willing and ready to help, but you are as cautious 
about forming instant friendships as about love. This 
position of Venus brings money luck, sometimes 
through inheritance or marriage. Venus-in-Taurus 
people have a keen artistic eye and are interested in 
music. You also love to eat and have to fight over- 

VENUS IN GEMINI If you have Venus in Gemini you 
must have an intellectual rapport with someone before 
your affections begin to blossom. Basically, you have a 
lighthearted attitude toward love. Intense, heavy emo- 
tional commitments are like an anchor around your 
neck. You have such a wide range of interests — travel, 

literature, music, seeing new places (and meeting new 
people) — that a lover just can't be the single focus of 
your life. This lends a certain coolness to your emo- 
tions. Your inconstancy sometimes causes you difficul- 
ties in love or marriage, but you bounce back quickly. 
Not even a frustrated lover can be angry at you very 
long — you are too charming, witty, and funny. You en- 
joy being with people and have lots of friends, and of- 
ten more than one lover. (Venus exerts its most flirta- 
tious influence in Gemini.) This position of Venus also 
stimulates a careless and free hand for spending 

VENUS IN CANCER As a Venus- in- Cancer person you 
are romantic and sensitive. Being loved is more impor- 
tant to you than almost anything else, though you of- 
ten conceal this need under a shell of reserve. You are 
not, however, so blindly romantic that you don't care- 
fully consider future security. For example, if you are a 
man you may not propose marriage until you have 
some reliable means of earning a living; if you are a 
woman you make sure you won't end up sharing your 
lover's poverty or struggling to support him. In a love 
affair you would much rather be pursued than do the 
pursuing; you need the reassurance that someone 
wants you enough to go after you. Once you feel se- 
cure you are demonstrative and sensual. You have a 
wonderful gift for eloquence and you are also intensely 
sentimental. You will make a big fuss over your lover's 
birthday and remember the anniversary of the day you 
first met. This position of Venus indicates strong fam- 
ily loyalty. Venus-Cancerians are delightfully content to 
be at home and often love to cook. 

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VENUS IN LEO Without doing anything, Venus-Leos 
are able to attract warm feelings on the part of others. 
There is something so magnetic, so irresistibly likeable, 
about you that you enjoy great popularity. You are ex- 
travagantly affectionate and generous, buying expen- 
sive gifts for those you love and praising them to the 
skies in front of other people. Of course, what you 
must have back is intense devotion, loyalty, and lots of 
attention. You must always be dominant in a love af- 
fair. "All the world's a stage" was written about your 
emotional nature. No one can make a scene or con- 
frontation as dramatic as a Venus-Leo. Needless to say 
you are drawn to the world of theater, and many of 
you are blessed with superb creative gifts. You also love 
fine possessions — money, clothes, jewels, furs. Though 
self-indulgent and pleasure-seeking, you are capable of 
making a great self-sacrifice for the happiness of some- 
one else. 

VENUS IN VIRGO If you have Venus in Virgo, you tend 
to be cautious about falling in love. You sometimes 
avoid involvement by taking small defects in a person 
and blowing them up out of proportion as major char- 
acter flaws. You hold yourself on a tight rein, because 
you fear that your feelings will be exploited by some- 
one unworthy. What you want in a love relationship is 
someone who will regard you as special. Curiously, 
however, when you do give your heart away it's often to 
the wrong person, who will not appreciate your fine 
qualities. (For some reason, this position of Venus 
tends to promote scandal.) Venus-Virgos have many 
virtues. You are refined and intelligent, loyal and sym- 
pathetic. Often you are an imaginative writer and 

teacher; you have an excellent business sense and a 
quiet but witty sense of humor. Many of our brilliant 
government leaders and humanitarians are Venus- 
Virgos who have given their love to the world at large 
rather than to one person. 

VENUS IN LIBRA You are in love with love. However, 
you are much more romantic than sensual. You skate 
gracefully over the profundities of love. Anything 
coarse, crude, vulgar, or earthy repels you. To you, true 
love is of the spirit. This is not to say you are sexually 
chaste. Indeed, you fall in love too easily and often have 
more than one amour going at a time. However, a love 
affair for a Venus-Libran must have all the right trap- 
pings and ritual. The ambiance created by champagne, 
intimate candlelit suppers, poetry written expressly for 
you, and beautiful gifts quite undoes your resistance. 
You put great store by charming social manners. Peo- 
ple who don't measure up are summarily dismissed no 
matter what their deeper qualities may be. Venus-in- 
Libra can be cold and aloof toward anyone who pre- 
sumes. This position of Venus is superb for an artistic 
talent or a flair for design and decoration. You are suc- 
cessful working in creative projects within a partner- 
ship or marriage (sometimes you combine both). 
Venus-Librans adore creature comforts and luxury and 
tend to be extravagant with money. 

VENUS IN SCORPIO With your Venus in Scorpio, be- 
ing in love is an all-consuming experience for you. 
There is a profound intensity to your emotions. Your 
sex life is passionate and demonstrative, and in a love 
affair it is the sexual side of the relationship that is em- 


phasized. However, you also put love on a spiritual 
plane. Your deep need is to possess a lover wholly, to 
make your partner surrender to you body and soul. 
This, predictably, leads to stormy scenes; it is not easy 
for anyone to deal with such possessiveness. You are 
very sensitive to any rebuff; you can bristle like a por- 
cupine. If someone does not respond to your love, you 
may even become vindictive. (If you have the Sun in 
Libra or Sagittarius, however, the jealous drive is light- 
ened.) Venus-Scorpios tend to become involved in lu- 
crative marriages or business partnerships. You have a 
sweeping compelling imagination, and many of you do 
highly original artistic work. 

VENUS IN SAGITTARIUS Venus-Sagittarians begin 
love affairs with a spirit of adventure. You like to expe- 
rience the excitement of love in the same way you 
search for diversion in the rest of your life. First attrac- 
tions are always wildly romantic; as a Venus-Sagittar- 
ian you never seem to have commonplace or banal 
love affairs. However, you cannot sustain the emotion, 
and therefore never completely sacrifice your freedom 
to another person. What you want is the unobtain- 
able — perfect love — and even if you could find it you 
would shrink from being possessed by it. With such 
contradictory attitudes, it's no wonder you leave your 
lovers terminally puzzled. Basically, Venus-Sagittarians 
are high-spirited, outgoing, and highly imaginative. 
You tend to attract powerful and influential friends 
and find it much easier to deal with friends than with 
lovers. For one thing, friendship is less demanding. 
Luck in creative affairs surrounds projects undertaken 
in foreign countries or far from home. 

VENUS IN CAPRICORN Venus-Capricorns are as 
careful and cautious about love as about anything else. 
You may sometimes be thought of as cold and calcu- 
lating because you believe in the dictate "it's just as 
easy to fall in love with someone rich as with someone 
poor." In fact, this was probably said originally by a 
Venus-Capricorn. However, it is far from telling the 
whole story. When in love, you are loyal, faithful, and 
dependable. If you don't marry rich, you work to give 
a mate security, and that includes material comforts. 
You may not be demonstrative and flowery, but what 
you say you mean. There is a dichotomy between your 
emotional life and your sexuality: You have earthy pas- 
sions but keep them separate from your mental atti- 
tude. You can be sexually involved and detached at the 
same time. Venus in this position indicates a personal- 
ity that is jealous, possessive, and fearful of rejection. 
Once snubbed, Venus-Capricorn's reaction is complete 

VENUS IN AQUARIUS Venus in Aquarius promotes a 
kind and loving nature. You are helpful, charitable, and 
giving, but you are not an emotional person. You have 
an intellectually detached attitude toward love. To you, 
personal freedom is most important, and any relation- 
ship must leave you free to explore varied interests and 
hobbies, meet new people, and enjoy a wide range of 
friends. You cannot tolerate jealousy and will walk 
away from emotional scenes. You believe in fairness 
and openness. As a Venus-Aquarian, you are most 
likely to have platonic friendships because sexual in- 
volvements are more emotionally binding than you 
like. You are immensely popular, and can attract a 

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great many lovers; often, however, you choose to direct 
your personal magnetism toward larger concerns and 
more enduring verities than mere romance. Aquarius is 
the sign of hopes and wishes, and Venus in this sign 
usually grants you what you dream of (though not un- 
til midlife or later). 

VENUS IN PISCES As a Venus-Piscean you are inclined 
to have tender emotions and a deep capacity for devo- 
tion. In love, you are gentle, kindhearted, extremely 
sensitive — and fickle. It is not that you mean to be in- 
constant. It's simply that being in love is such a won- 
derful feeling, and being loved makes you feel complete. 

You have an unfortunate penchant for choosing the 
wrong kind of lover, the kind who will take emotion- 
ally but not give back. Venus-Pisceans often have a se- 
cret love affair that causes them grief. You are com- 
pletely intuitive about love, never logical. No other 
position of Venus can be as self-sacrificing or places 
more importance on the happiness of loved ones. You 
have true empathy for the problems of another person. 
Venus also indicates an imaginative and creative artistic 
flair, which helps you to put your feelings into writing, 
acting, or music. Venus-Pisceans are so generous that 
money slips through their fingers. 




Mars is the planet of physical energy. It gov- 
erns your sex drive, your forcefulness, and your ag- 
gression. Mars is the planet that spurs you into action. 

Are your sexual relationships ardent, tempestuous, and 
quarrelsome? Do you lose your temper quickly, or do you 
simmer for a while and then explode? In a conflict do you 
display cold contempt or heated anger? Is your willpower 
strong or weak? Does competition bring out your fighting 

To learn more about your assertive power, you must 
study the position of Mars in your birth chart. 

From early times Mars has excited and stirred the 
imagination. Because of its red color, Mars has always 
been known as a "fiery" planet. It is named after the Ro- 

man god of war. Mars, whose name means "bright and 
burning one," was a warrior who exulted in battle and 
strife. Aggressive and quarrelsome, he never hesitated be- 
fore leaping into the fray. 

In astrology Mars governs energy, boldness, the will to 
win, the ability to turn ideas into action. It is the planet of 
passion and sexuality and force. It signifies ambition and 
desire, courage and strength. A large part of the planet's 
domain are your sex impulses, for Mars governs the sex 
organs. Mars's position in your chart indicates what stirs 
your passions and whether you can get your own way. It 
tells what kind of physical endurance you possess and how 
accident-prone you are. 

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An Astronomical 

Look at Mars 

As we travel away from the Sun, Mars is the first planet whose orbit falls outside that of the Earth. It is the fourth planet 
from the Sun (about 141V4 million miles away). Mars is about half the size of the Earth, with a diameter of 4,200 miles 
compared to Earth's 8,000 miles. Like the Earth, it rotates on an axis, and its day is very near in length to ours, 
approximately 24 hours and 37V2 minutes. However, a year on Mars (the length of time it takes to travel once around the 
Sun) is 687 days, nearly twice Earth's 365V4 days. 

We have seen Mars very clearly through telescopes and noted its craters and rock formations, and when Viking 1 
landed there in 1976 it confirmed that the planet has a barren, desertlike landscape scattered with rocks. We also found 
giant volcanoes, one of them over 15 miles high and 350 miles wide, and a 2,000-mile-long canyon. The planet has two 
white caps in the polar regions (very like Earth's North and South Poles), which we believe to be a mixture of ice water and 
carbonic acid ice. In 1996 scientists analyzing rocks taken from Mars announced the discovery of markings that might be 
microscopic fossils of a bacterialike organism that may have lived on Mars more than 3.6 billion years ago. Scientists 
continue to debate whether these are traces of a primitive Martian life form. 

From Earth, to the ordinary observer, the most striking and beautiful characteristic of Mars is its color. It glows with 
red and ochre hues and is very bright in the heavens. Our space probes indicate that Mars's surface material is iron oxide, 
which accounts for its reddish color. The sky surrounding the planet is also a reddish-pink, most likely because of fine dust 
particles stirred up by the wind. Once every fifteen years, Mars comes nearer to the Earth than any other planet except for 
Venus. At that time Mars shines with a red splendor that rivals anything in the sky. 

Mars's influence also brings strife and conflict, tension discord in your sex relationships. You may be a strong 
and anger, accidents and destruction. It rules heat, fire, leader, adventurous and pioneering, but may also be 
earthquakes, violence, and war. The negative side of Mars's quick-tempered, brash, impulsive, and impatient, 
power can cause sudden injury or illness. In its highest form Mars represents your unleashed en- 

When Mars is prominent in your chart you have a go- ergy and your human will. It is up to you to use this force 
getting personality with enormous energy and a rugged constructively, 
constitution. You tend to be enterprising, quick, and ac- 
tive, and you hate to be ordered around. Depending on Where IS Your Mars. 

how you use Mars's force, you may be argumentative, To find out what sign Mars was in on the day of your 
quarrelsome, and reckless and encounter a great deal of birth, consult the Mars Tables on page 497. 



MARS IN ARIES Mars is in its natural home in Aries 
(the sign that it rules), and emphasizes qualities of 
brilliance, force, and energy. As a Mars-Arien you are 
given self-confidence and force of character. Others 
always know how you feel about a subject because 
you tell them in no uncertain terms. You are coura- 
geous and honest, but the opposite side of the coin is 
that you can be tactless, blunt, and combative. Your 
passions are fiery and are quickly ignited. Active and 
assertive in your sex life, you aggressively go after 
what you want (whether it's a long-term lover or just 
a bedmate for the night). The professions of big busi- 
ness and politics are populated with Mars-Ariens, for 
natives of this position have a domineering will to 
win. You are able to make others respond to your 
ideas. Your youthful springy appearance lasts a life- 

MARS IN TAURUS If you have Mars in Taurus, you 
tend to triumph through your own determined and 
persistent efforts. Your vitality is a slow and steady 
force that drives you on to success. Success to you 
means money, material possessions, and true love. A 
great deal of your energy is spent in sexual pursuits; 
your passions are earthy and voluptuous. In love affairs 
you try to dominate and to possess, and the firmness 
to your nature can become downright obstinate. Diffi- 
culties tend to arise because you are unwilling to see 
anyone else's point of view. Because of your tenacity, 
you have the power to create almost anything you can 
envision. Sometimes a bent toward depression or tem- 
per tantrums mars your happiness. During your life- 
time you often accumulate money and are known as a 
big spender. 

MARS IN GEMINI Mars in Gemini favors energetic ac- 
tivity of the mind. You are brilliantly intellectual, with 
a steel-trap brain that quickly grasps concepts and 
spins new ideas. You are incisive and practical and ar- 
rive at conclusions in a flash. The problem is that you 
lack force of will. You hesitate, vacillate, and think of 
yet another delay. In matters of sex, you experience de- 
sire in the mind before it becomes a reality. You enjoy 
the adventure leading up to lovemaking and have pas- 
sions that are easily aroused. However, as soon as an 
affair loses zest and becomes ordinary you look for the 
escape hatch. You tend to have a number of affairs and 
marriages. Mars-Geminis are able to inspire and to 
lead others through the power of the spoken and writ- 
ten word. Often you have a magnetic voice and a com- 
pelling talent to convince others of what you say. 

MARS IN CANCER Mars's power turns subtle in Can- 
cer. You have great strength of will, but it is never 
thrust into the open. Like the tides, you wear down op- 
position by repeated assault. Each wave may accom- 
plish little, but the accumulated effect is overpowering. 
In sex, Mars-in-Cancer's approach is emotional. You 
are sensuous but refined, and your lovemaking is a 
highly intuitive art. Your passion, however, is depend- 
ent on what is forthcoming from a lover. If a lover is 
insensitive or unresponsive, he or she may find that 
your get-up-and-go just got up and went. Yet, as a na- 
tive of this Mars placement, you will cling to a rela- 
tionship that does not make you happy. You react only 
in outbursts of temper and nervous irritability. What 
you often require is an outlet for your pent-up ener- 
gies. You are noted for your breadth of vision and 
highly emotional work. 

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MARS IN LEO In Leo, Mars's fire is accentuated. With 
this Mars position in your chart you are never ordi- 
nary. You make grand plans and possess the force and 
drive to put them into action. No one else can grab the 
attention and affection of others the way you can. You 
also have a dramatic sex drive. Hot-blooded and im- 
pulsive, you are successful in sex relationships because 
of your dynamism. You must dominate in affairs and 
demand a great deal of attention, but you are also 
warm, expressive, ardent, and affectionate. You prefer 
to make love in luxurious, rich surroundings. You are 
creative at work, but at times can be overbearing, au- 
thoritative, and a bit condescending. Mars-Leos see 
events in terms of themselves; it would never occur to 
you to be an anonymous observer. You are lucky in 
speculation and gambling, and often attract powerful 

MARS IN VIRGO As a Mars-in- Virgo person, you are a 
prodigious worker who finds your best success in a sys- 
tematized approach. You are ambitious and proud, 
though this is not always apparent on the surface. Ex- 
tremely strong-willed, you can separate yourself from 
your emotions when it comes to making decisions. In 
your work you are shrewd, calculating, and quietly de- 
termined. You suspect people who only want to deal 
with big problems because somehow such people never 
seem to reach any useful conclusions. Mars-in- Virgo 
may appear sexually cool, but in truth you glamorize 
sex. You want it to be both physically rapturous and 
mentally exciting. Your passions are strong but kept 
under tight rein. Mars-Virgos tend to be successful in 
professions where control of emotions is advantageous 

(such as politicians, psychologists, and investigators). 
When putting a plan into action you must beware of 
getting bogged down in detail. 

MARS IN LIBRA When Mars is in Libra the power of 
this planet seems to fluctuate. You are impulsive and 
sensuous in your sex drive. A great deal of your en- 
ergy is spent forming emotional relationships. Yet you 
have a languid attitude toward sex and often must be 
sought after rather than be the aggressor. You are ide- 
alistic and esthetic; crudeness of any kind turns you 
off. You prefer liaisons with cultivated, sophisticated 
lovers, but tend to become involved in unhappy sex 
relationships. This position of Mars is excellent for a 
unique artistic or literary talent. There is a great 
beauty and balance in your work. You have an envi- 
able ability to make a pleasing impression on the pub- 
lic. Mars-Librans believe passionately in fair play. Your 
actions are always preceded by a careful weighing of 
the pros and cons. 

MARS IN SCORPIO Mars in Scorpio underscores per- 
sistence and intensity. As a Mars-Scorpio you are a 
hard-driving and resourceful person whose strength is 
not so much shown in the heat of action as in determi- 
nation and relentlessness. Your efforts are well disci- 
plined, always directed toward a purpose. There are no 
wasted movements or needless expenditures of energy. 
You have a strong and deeply felt sexuality. However, it 
is sometimes an emotional sexuality, displayed in jeal- 
ousy, anger, hurt feelings, and resentment. Though it is 
possible for you to be ruthless in your relationships, 
you are far more often simply quarrelsome and touchy. 


This position of Mars enhances imagination and a 
powerful creative drive. You are always able to move an 
audience. Often you are attracted to professions or sit- 
uations that contain an element of danger or death. 

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS In Sagittarius, the power of 
Mars exhibits itself in brilliant flashes. It promotes 
courage, independence, and daring. Dashing and excit- 
ing as your actions may be, you are easily distracted. 
Your attention becomes riveted to a new plan, and 
your meteoric enthusiasm turns in that direction. This 
does not mean you do not accomplish anything, for 
you can produce remarkable results in a short time. 
Passionate and sensual, you may have numerous affairs 
because of your open, exploratory nature. You look on 
emotional commitments as a form of personal restric- 
tion. A sex relationship quickly begins, and just as 
quickly ends. You tend to be impulsive and act rashly. 
Quick-witted in speech and writing, you have the 
power to amuse and delight. You make a marvelous 
first impression. 

MARS IN CAPRICORN Mars in Capricorn signifies 
force and energy kept under control, to be used when 
necessary. As a person with this Mars position, you are 
fierce, magnetic, and commanding. Your strength lies 
in your obstinacy and ability to endure. When obsta- 
cles block your path you run over them roughshod. 
You have vigor and dynamic force, and also quiet self- 
reliance. Your sexual nature is earthy and passionate, 
but the element of self-control marks your relation- 
ships. At times hot-blooded, sexy, even romantic, at 
other times you are chilly and disinterested. What you 

usually do is channel your formidable power into the 
direction that serves you best. In their youth Mars- 
Capricorns often have a secret love affair with an older 
person. At some point in their lives, strong personal 
ambition tends to project Mars-Capricorns into the 
public eye. 

MARS IN AQUARIUS In Aquarius, the energy of Mars 
is expressed on a mental plane. You are quick in your 
actions, but before you act you must be committed in- 
tellectually. You tend to be very people-oriented and 
involved in a variety of projects. There is an element of 
reform or fighting for freedom in your outlook. High- 
strung and unpredictable, you struggle between want- 
ing to do things alone and getting involved in group 
activities. There is also ambivalence in your sexual na- 
ture. You have strong desires that are not always reach- 
able. You try to deal with sex relationships rationally, 
and swing back and forth between passionate involve- 
ment and detachment. You acknowledge sexual desire 
but don't want to be fettered by it. This sometimes 
leads to your having a number of affairs (often simul- 
taneously); that way, each affair can't be a total com- 
mitment. As a Mars-Aquarian you have acute insights 
into human nature. 

MARS IN PISCES Pisces is an emotional sign, and your 
strength with Mars in Pisces is your power to stir the 
feelings and grab the emotions. If you have this Mars 
position you may be noted for your compelling imagi- 
nation. Many artists, writers, and actors have Mars in 
Pisces. Enormously receptive to your environment, you 
store impressions in your subconscious and then pro- 

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duce them at the opportune time. You shoulder the re- 
sponsibilities of others without complaint. Intensity of 
feeling is evident in your sexuality. You are sensuous, 
have deep passions, and display a high level of fervor. 
You seek to involve yourself totally in a sex relation- 

ship, for this is a way in which you can draw closer to 
another human being. You may suffer disappointment 
in love. During your lifetime you attract influential 
friends and gain monetarily from these associations. 




Jupiter is the planet of good luck, optimism, 
success, and generosity. Jupiter brings joy to life. 

Are you a generous person? Do you seem to attract 
success through your close associations? Are you able to 
turn your ideas into profit? Does your luck work for you 
when you need it most? 

If you answer yes to these questions, Jupiter is well as- 
pected in your horoscope. The position of Jupiter in your 
birth chart can indicate where your fortunate opportuni- 
ties are to be found. This benevolent planet shows where 
you have the most room to expand and the areas in which 
you will get the best out of life. 

Jupiter has always been identified with the idea of ex- 
pansiveness and abundance. In mythology, Jupiter was the 

ruler of the heavens, supreme god of gods. He was an all- 
powerful and benign guardian who symbolized honor, 
good faith, and wisdom. 

In astrology, the planet Jupiter is known as the Greater 
Fortune (Venus is the Lesser Fortune). Jupiter's kingdom 
is luck, health and happiness, wealth and worldly goods, 
power and high position. It rules over knowledge, higher 
learning, breadth of vision, and honesty. Its influence be- 
stows a willingness to partake of life, to gather new experi- 
ences. The knowledge that Jupiter imparts is on a philo- 
sophical level, as opposed to the day-to-day cleverness that 
Mercury confers. 

Jupiter's position in your chart indicates how outgoing 
and genial you are, whether you attract money and posses- 

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An Astronomical Look at Jupiter 

The fifth planet in our solar system is Jupiter, approximately 483 Vi million miles away from the Sun. It is our largest planet, 
more than 300 times as massive as Earth, and has a diameter of 89,000 miles compared to the Earth's 8,000. Jupiter is a 
colossal world so big that it could contain the Earth and every other planet in our solar system, and still have lots of room 
to spare. At certain times (every 13 months or so) Jupiter is the most brilliant object in the sky, shining with a flashing 
white luster that rivals any star. 

Jupiter completes its orbit around the Sun in a little under 12 years. Like the Earth, it rotates on its own axis, and for a 
planet its size spins very quickly indeed. A day on Jupiter takes only nine hours and 50M minutes. Because it rotates so 
rapidly, Jupiter has a noticeable bulge at the equator. 

Astronomers have long noticed that the distances between the planets in our solar system follow a definite sequence or 
formula (known as Bode's Law). Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars all follow this sequence. However, between Mars and 
Jupiter there is an enormous gap, and for years astronomers searched for a lost planet in this vacant space. On January 1, 
1801, a very small body, an asteroid 485 miles in diameter, was discovered traveling in the orbit that was supposed to have 
a planet. Since that time thousands more asteroids have been discovered in this area, which is now known as the asteroid 
belt. One theory is that these particles are the result of the breaking up of an ancient planet in our solar system. Another 
theory is that the asteroids are part of a planet that has not yet formed. 

In !973 Pioneer 10 discovered that Jupiter emits about twice the amount of heat that it receives from the Sun. Jupiter, 
therefore, has an internal heat source and is, in effect, a miniature sun. The famous astronomer Carl Sagan called Jupiter a 
"failed star," meaning that Jupiter is made up of the same elements as our Sun (hydrogen and helium), but it does not have 
planets the way our Sun does. However, it is theorized that Jupiter may once have been the center of its own planetary 
system, and possibly the parent of Mars, Venus, Earth — and the lost planet that is now the asteroid belt. 

In 1979 a new discovery about Jupiter was made when Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 sent back pictures of dusty rings 
around the planet. (In the following ten years Voyager 2 found rings around Uranus and Neptune as well.) 

In December 1995, after a six-year journey, a probe from our spacecraft Galileo landed on Jupiter. The probe sent back 
thousands of detailed photographs of Jupiter's hot surface, rings, and sixteen moons, until the probe was vaporized by 
Jupiter's extremely hot temperature: 3,400 degrees F. 

sions, and in what career you will have the most luck. 
Jupiter signifies the good things that come to you easily and 
with little effort — this is the planet of "free lunch." It is said 
that when Jupiter is working for you, you will never go un- 

der. You will often find that Jupiter's power comes to your 
rescue at the last minute. However, it is also true that unless 
you put Jupiter's gifts to good use and not waste them, they 
can be taken away as quickly as they were given. 



When Jupiter is prominent in your horoscope you tend 
to be well liked and popular, friendly, broadminded, and 
cheerful, successful in career and business. (An interesting 
sidelight: You will probably discover that a large number 
of the people with whom you have an immediate rapport 
have Jupiter in the same sign as your Sun sign.) 

Jupiter can also be too much of a good thing, for its in- 
fluence can make you extravagant, lazy and luxury-loving, 
profligate with money, and blindly optimistic. If things fall 
into your lap too easily, you never develop strength of 
character or spiritual wisdom. 

Jupiter is the planet of blessings — blessings we must 
learn to use wisely. 

Where Is Your Jupiter? 

To find out what sign Jupiter was in on the day of your 
birth, consult the Jupiter Tables on page 501. 

JUPITER IN ARIES Luck follows you in professions 
where you can be your own boss. You are discontent 
when you have to follow other people's orders and, be- 
ing independent and brash, you immediately try to 
change that situation. Confident and enthusiastic, you 
are a natural leader capable of running organizations, 
groups, social clubs, and businesses. You have original 
ideas and make swifter progress by relying on your 
own opinions and abilities. You can be a bit bullying 
and are sometimes quite extravagant in your spending. 
This position of Jupiter fosters an ability to win over 
influential people and obtain their help in your career. 
Jupiter- Ariens often achieve high rank in politics, liter- 
ature, science, and the military. Your luckiest times of 
the year are when the Sun is in the signs of Aries, Leo, 

and Sagittarius. Also, people who have those Sun signs 
are likely to bring you financial benefit. 

JUPITER IN TAURUS Jupiter and Taurus are very har- 
monious; Taurus is the money sign of the zodiac and 
Jupiter brings abundance. You are successful in fields 
where finances are prominent, such as banking and 
stocks and bonds, and investments are likely to bring 
reward. You are conservative about the way you handle 
money; security is extremely important to you. (If 
Jupiter is afflicted, however, you will overspend on lux- 
uries for yourself; this is also true if Venus is promi- 
nent in your chart.) As a Jupiter- Taurean you have an 
eye for beauty and art. You tend to collect paintings 
and sculpture, jewelry, and antiques that often increase 
in value. In this sign, Jupiter bestows a lovely voice and 
artistic talent. Natives are also successful in careers 
they conduct at home, such as writing, interior deco- 
rating, and art collecting. Jupiter- Taureans tend to 
marry well; career opportunity often comes to you 
through the opposite sex. Your luckiest times of the 
year are when the Sun is in the signs of Taurus, Virgo, 
and Capricorn. 

JUPITER IN GEMINI If you are a Jupiter-Gemini, you 
are blessed with an adventurous attitude and a knack 
for getting into advantageous situations. Though you 
don't necessarily look for moneymaking opportunities, 
these usually come to you through the many friends 
and contacts that you acquire. You achieve best success 
in intellectual areas, such as teaching, lecturing, diplo- 
matic careers, and law. You would also do well in the 
airline industry. Gemini is the sign of communication, 

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and if your Jupiter is in Gemini you profit financially 
in ventures where communicating is prominent — pub- 
lishing, magazine writing, TV reporting or commentat- 
ing, and acting. As a Jupiter-in-Gemini person you are 
versatile and clever, and often you make a name for 
yourself in more than one profession. A change in vo- 
cation at one point in your life is almost certain. Your 
luckiest times of the year are when the Sun is in the 
signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. 

JUPITER IN CANCER This is one of the luckiest posi- 
tions Jupiter can be in. As a Jupiter-Cancerian you have 
a wonderful disposition, are good-humored, funny, 
and optimistic. You are popular wherever you go, and 
this opens many doors for you. Retentive Cancer is a 
sign that holds on to money; people with Jupiter in 
this sign are lucky with investments, real estate, inheri- 
tances, and the stock market. You are imaginative and 
sympathetic, and do well in creative pursuits. Old 
things have a special appeal to you; you would be suc- 
cessful in the antique business and museum work. 
Anything involving food and drink also brings luck; 
many of you make successful chefs, restaurateurs, and 
cookbook writers. You will probably acquire enough 
material possessions by the time you reach middle age 
to ensure that your later years are peaceful and secure. 
You make excellent parents and your children tend to 
bring you benefits. Your luckiest times of the year are 
when the Sun is in the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and 

JUPITER IN LEO Jupiter in Leo bestows an extraordi- 
nary public appeal. If you are a native of this position 

you are well suited for the theater, television and 
movies, politics, advertising, and public relations. Your 
full potential is achieved through leadership; you are 
wretchedly unhappy if forced to stay on the lowest 
rung. You think big, are ambitious, and have a pen- 
chant for grandeur and extravagant display. In profes- 
sions where this is useful, such as the entertainment in- 
dustry, the world of fashion, and high-powered selling 
jobs, you are predestined to succeed. The problem is 
that success may come too easily. In that event, Jupiter- 
Leos can become boastful and power-hungry. Fortu- 
nately, this does not happen often, for Jupiter gives you 
personal charm and warmhearted vitality. Other peo- 
ple want to do things for you, and you often benefit 
from influential friends. Your luckiest times of the year 
are when the Sun is in the signs of Leo, Sagittarius, and 

JUPITER IN VIRGO Jupiter in the practical sign of 
Virgo gives you a capacity for making a success of a 
hobby or a pastime. Many famous Jupiter-Virgos start 
out with a shoestring and build empires. If you have 
this Jupiter position you are smart, analytical, and per- 
severing. You figure out the surest route to the largest 
dividends. The power of Jupiter surrounds you in in- 
tellectual pursuits, but the difference between Jupiter- 
Virgos and other intellectual signs is that Virgos have 
an uncommon amount of common sense. You are also 
superb at handling detail and do your best work a step 
at a time. You would make a successful teacher, ac- 
countant, literary critic, journalist, or news commenta- 
tor. Your ability to grasp facts and then apply them sys- 
tematically makes careers in the fields of space 


technology, science, and medicine accessible to you. 
Your luckiest times of the year are when the Sun is in 
the signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. 

JUPITER IN LIBRA Jupiter in this sign bestows a mag- 
netic and charming personality. Luck comes to you 
through your artistic talents and your eye for beauty 
and harmony. Many of you are talented musicians, 
painters, interior decorators, fashion designers, and art 
collectors. You have a knack for getting your talent on 
display and winning friends in high places. You like to 
entertain, and many of your allies are won in the re- 
laxed and genial atmosphere you are able to create. 
More than natives of any other Jupiter position, you 
benefit from marriage. Marriage often brings social 
position and wealth, and sometimes an entree into the 
business world. Jupiter-Librans are most successful in 
partnerships; you should never start a business com- 
pletely on your own. Your finely balanced reason and 
impartiality would make you an excellent judge, 
lawyer, or diplomat. Your luckiest times of the year are 
when the Sun is in the signs of Gemini, Libra, and 

JUPITER IN SCORPIO Jupiter in Scorpio is a very 
powerful influence on willpower and personal magnet- 
ism. If you have this Jupiter position you tend to be 
successful in artistic work. Many Jupiter-Scorpios excel 
at ferreting out hidden information. This would make 
you an excellent psychiatrist, researcher, politician, or 
security agent in government. Luck comes to you 
through your strong attraction for the opposite sex. 
Often the door is opened to career and financial op- 

portunity because of sexual liaisons. Scorpio is the sign 
of death and regeneration, and Jupiter in this sign pro- 
motes skill in medicine, surgery, and therapy. You pos- 
sess shrewdness in money matters, and many of you 
have a Midas touch for picking lucrative investments. 
Sometimes you benefit from inheritances during your 
lifetime. Your luckiest times of the year are when the 
Sun is in the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. 

JUPITER IN SAGITTARIUS Sagittarius is the sign that 

Jupiter rules, and the planet's expansive, generous 
qualities are emphasized. With this Jupiter position, 
you are a person who likes to live well; you have a free 
hand when it comes to spending. Fortunately, you usu- 
ally attract financial luck. No other Jupiter position au- 
gurs as much success in this area. As a native, you have 
an instinct for turning ideas into cash; you think big 
and profit accordingly. You also tend to marry well, 
and many of you inherit money. Jupiter in Sagittarius, 
though, does not make the personality crass or materi- 
alistic. You are high-minded and idealistic. You will of- 
ten give up a well-paying position if it doesn't suit 
your inner calling. Gifted with great intellectual capac- 
ity, you are drawn to professions in law, government, 
diplomacy, and the world of literature and philosophy. 
Your luckiest times of the year are when the Sun is in 
the signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. 

JUPITER IN CAPRICORN In the strong, materialistic 
sign of Capricorn, Jupiter's power is expressed through 
ambition. As a native of this placement, you gain high 
position in life through hard work and fierce 
willpower. Capricorn is an earth sign, and Jupiter's in- 

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fluence is propitious for enterprises that involve earth 
in some way: mining, construction, land development, 
real estate, and the oil industry. Success isn't a flash in 
the pan with you. It is achieved gradually, but over the 
long term you tend to reach the top because you are 
disciplined. Jupiter in Capricorn confers an instinct for 
business; you are a canny trader and tend to handle fi- 
nances conservatively. Others may notice a curious 
mixture of economy and extravagance in your spend- 
ing habits. You may pinch nickels but will be lavish 
with large sums. This can be useful in business: You are 
able to keep to a budget but are not afraid to spend 
when you have to. The luckiest times of the year for 
you are when the Sun is in the signs of Taurus, Virgo, 
and Capricorn. 

JUPITER IN AQUARIUS Jupiter in Aquarius con- 
tributes to a magnetic ability to win friends. You usu- 
ally find good fortune through your friends and unex- 
pected opportunities. Aquarius is also the sign of the 
future, and as a native of this Jupiter position you tend 
to be successful in professions of the modern era — 
television, computers, electronics, aviation, and the 
space industry. You easily become bored when the sole 
purpose of an activity is to make money. You usually 
find your best opportunity in professions where a 
broader view is necessary. You are also endowed with a 
special aptitude for music, and many Jupiter- Aquarians 

become well known in that world. One of the nicest 
benefits of Jupiter in this sign is that you bring luck to 
others. You have a sharp intuition about human nature 
coupled with idealism. The most auspicious times of 
the year for you are when the Sun is in the signs of 
Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. 

JUPITER IN PISCES Jupiter is strong here because it 
endows you with the power to appeal to the emotions. 
Work in which you deal directly with others, especially 
where there is a high level of feeling, will bring success. 
This is especially true for those of you who enter the 
healing arts. Jupiter also accentuates imagination, wis- 
dom, and high ideals. In general, you do your best 
work in fields in which you help humanity. Jupiter- 
Pisceans are singled out for success in social or reli- 
gious work, politics, and philanthropic organizations. 
Work that involves travel over water brings other op- 
portunities into your life. You also have a deft touch 
with animals, would make a fine veterinarian, and 
many of you have lucrative businesses breeding horses, 
owning cattle ranches, and raising cats and dogs for 
show. Jupiter in Pisces usually grants you your secret 
ambition. You attract fortune because of your likeable - 
ness and popularity. The luckiest times of the year for 
you are when the Sun is in the signs of Cancer, Scor- 
pio, and Pisces. 




Saturn is the planet of responsibility and sym- 
bolizes the ethic of hard work. Under its influence a 
person's character is strengthened through trial and diffi- 
culty. It has been said that Saturn disciplines us until we 
can learn to discipline ourselves. 

Are you able to stick with a task until you have it com- 
pleted? Do you at times feel beset by problems or see ob- 
stacles at every turn? Would other people call you stub- 
born? Have you sometimes felt lonely and depressed? 

If you answer yes, then you have felt the presence of 
Saturn in your life. 

The planet is named after the Roman titan-god who 

was the father of Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto. Saturn was 
also a symbol for Father Time, for he brought to an end 
all things that had a beginning. 

In astrology Saturn is the planet of diligence, selfcon- 
trol, and limitation. Its domain is patience, stability, matu- 
rity, and realism. Its influence is stern and restrictive, cold 
and severe. 

Saturn is called the Celestial Taskmaster, for it teaches 
us the lessons we must learn in life. In the grand plan of 
the universe, Saturn does not give us more than we can 
handle. Under Saturn's influence we achieve by overcom- 
ing obstacles and hardship. Sometimes the effort itself is 

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An Astronomical Look at Saturn 

Until the end of the eighteenth century Saturn was the most remote planet in our solar system. It is the sixth planet from 
the Sun, over 887 million miles away — almost twice as far from the Sun as Jupiter is. Saturn is a large planet (second only 
to Jupiter), measuring over 75,000 miles at its equator compared to Earth's 8,000 miles. Saturn moves very slowly around 
the Sun, taking 29 Vi years to complete one orbit. For such a large planet it spins with great velocity on its own axis: A day 
on Saturn is only 10 hours and 14 minutes. 

To the ordinary observer here on Earth, Saturn shines with a steady, yellowish light, rather dim compared to brilliant 
Jupiter. In ancient days Saturn was considered the least interesting planet of all, since it does not have Venus's soft 
luminosity, Mars's red color, or Jupiter's radiance. 

The ancients were wrong about Saturn's lack of interest as a celestial body. We only recently discovered that Saturn is a 
multihued planet, with bands of yellow, golden-brown, and reddish-brown on its surface. Saturn is now considered our 
most interesting planet because of its dramatic rings.* 

First seen in 1610 by Galileo through his telescope, these bright and dark rings circle Saturn at its equator in a 
magnificent spectacle. Until 1969 astronomers believed there were only three rings; in that year a fourth ring was 
discovered, shortly followed by the observation of a fifth and sixth ring. 

Then, in November 1980, America's space probe Voyager 1 swept by Saturn and sent back to Earth pictures of this 
astronomical wonder that went far beyond our imagination. There were not six, but thousands of separate ringlets — like 
the grooves in a phonograph record 170,000 miles wide. Voyager J's photographs showed there are rings within rings, like 
concentric ripples in a cosmic pond. The rings are made up of swarms of icy particles, ranging in size from snowballs to a 
few giant chunks the size of mountains. One of the largest rings, what we call the F-ring, is composed of twisted strands of 
ice, each 500 miles long, entwined into a gigantic braid. 

When Voyager 2 flew by Saturn in August 1981 the spacecraft reported that a cloud of gases circling the planet is 300 
times hotter than the Sun's corona! This is the hottest spot ever detected in the solar system. In June 2004 the Cassini 
spacecraft is expected to arrive at Saturn and begin orbiting the planet over a four-year period. Astronomers continue to 
study the complex and "mind-boggling" (as one expressed it) data that our space probes are giving us about this 
spectacular planet. 

*Saturn's rings were once thought to be unique in our solar system, but we now know that Saturn is not the only planet that has rings. In 
1979, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 flew by Jupiter, sending back evidence of dusty rings around that planet. In 1986, Voyager 2 found nine dark rings 
around Uranus. In 1989, Voyager 2 discovered that Neptune has five rings. 


the reward, for effort is what builds character. In the end, 
what we learn under Saturn's influence we keep for the 
rest of our lives. 

Saturn's position in your chart indicates how well you 
accept responsibility, whether you are self-disciplined, and 
what delays and opposition you can expect to encounter. 
When its influence is prominent you tend to be reliable, 
trustworthy, and patient. Saturn gives the power to endure 
and provides the tenacity and perseverance to realize your 

Saturn's effect is to delay rewards until they are earned. 
It perfects human nature while it bestows an ability to 
wait. It is the planet of courage, steadfastness, and in- 

Many people shrink from accepting its burdens, but 
Saturn is not to be feared. If you look into your past, you 
will probably see that you have achieved lasting strength 
and satisfaction from triumphing over obstacles. 

As a negative influence, Saturn can make a person 
overly ambitious, calculating and selfish, solitary, inhib- 
ited, and unhappy. Its negative influence is associated with 
inflexibility, cruelty, humorlessness, and pessimism. Saturn 
also represents illness, handicaps, and misfortune. 

Keep in mind, however, that Saturn is only one of 
many influences in a chart. Obviously, it is an important 
influence, but Saturn's power is not necessarily felt in an 
overwhelming way. 

In its symbolic form, Saturn is our destiny. It rules fate, 
the things we cannot escape, and the payment we must 
make for what we receive. 

Where Is Your Saturn? 

To find out what sign Saturn was in on the day of your 
birth, consult the Saturn Tables on page 506. 

SATURN IN ARIES Saturn brings delay to Aries, the 
sign of initiative, and the result is confusion. If you are 
a Saturn-Arien, you can be strong and powerful one 
minute and irresolute and wavering the next. This po- 
sition is not an easy one, for you must continually 
fight against obstacles placed in your way. Many of you 
achieve success, but not without disappointment and 
setback. Saturn in Aries makes you ambitious and de- 
termined, and promotes your power to control other 
people. On the negative side, Saturn-Ariens can be 
stubborn, dictatorial, and sometimes solitary and 
grumpy. In general, your hardest times come early in 
life. It is then that you develop the strength of charac- 
ter that serves you well in later years. As you grow 
older, each year brings less struggle and more success. 
Natives of this Saturn position tend to suffer from 
headaches and dental problems. 

SATURN IN TAURUS In Taurus, the obstinate and 
tenacious qualities of Saturn are emphasized. With this 
Saturn position you are determined and capable, and 
take responsibility seriously. Your strong willpower 
borders on stubbornness and rigidity. You usually try 
to amass possessions and wealth because of your un- 
derlying fear that you will be left alone and bereft, 
without material resources or love. Unfortunately, Sat- 
urn in Taurus does not predict an easy time financially. 
Money tends to come in slowly and to be dissipated 
along the way. You tend to spend a lot of effort trying 

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to put away the savings, stocks, bonds, and real estate 
you feel you must have. As a result, you are sometimes 
considered materialistic and selfish. However, once you 
achieve material comfort (usually later in life), you are 
generous to others in need, for you understand what it 
means not to have enough. Saturn in this position 
makes you susceptible to colds, sore throats, and thy- 
roid problems. 

SATURN IN GEMINI Gemini is a good home for Sat- 
urn. This versatile sign's intellectual qualities are empha- 
sized by Saturn. With Saturn in Gemini, you have a 
sharp mind that is deepened with understanding under 
this planet's steadying influence. You can, however, be 
cynical and sarcastic, skeptical and coldhearted. Much 
more likely, you have a happy combination of native 
wisdom and a youthful wish to learn. Saturn-Geminis 
sometimes have a difficult childhood during which you 
suffer loneliness or sorrow. You may have a hard time 
obtaining an education. Later in life, you are likely to en- 
counter obstacles while traveling. However, Saturn en- 
dows you with a good head for finances, and also a mu- 
sical ability. You prosper when engaged in work that 
requires both patience and intelligence. Saturn-Geminis 
are susceptible to ailments of the chest and lungs. 

SATURN IN CANCER Saturn encourages too much de- 
pendence on others in this emotional and clinging 
sign. As a Saturn-Cancerian, you love to overindulge in 
eating, drinking, and other sensual pleasures. In this 
position, though, Saturn also gives a shrewdness and 
tenacity to your personality. You are superb at seeing a 
task through to completion. You are also ambitious 

and strive to find material wealth to make your life se- 
cure. The obstacles that Saturn places in your path are 
insecurity and lack of confidence. Sometimes your 
early life is marked by problems with parents, espe- 
cially a mother. Many of you Saturn-Cancerians had to 
take on family responsibility at a very young age. Na- 
tives of this position tend to marry someone older in 
an effort to find an anchor and stability. Saturn endows 
you with good business sense, although you must be 
cautious in dealings with relatives. The negative side of 
Saturn in Cancer is a tendency to melancholy and self- 
pity. You are prone to digestive and stomach problems; 
if you are not careful, you can become quite over- 

SATURN IN LEO Restrictive Saturn and the expansive 
sign of Leo are not in harmony. Saturn in Leo is likely 
to bring a chill to the emotions and disappointment in 
love. There are, however, many good points to this Sat- 
urn position: You are proud and strong-willed, self-as- 
sured and authoritative. You are good at organizing 
people and assuming responsibility. As a Saturn-Leo, 
you have an instinct for knowing how to draw a public 
to you. You are inclined to be cold and analytical in 
choosing your associations, though you are subtle 
enough to keep this from being obvious to the casual 
observer. You fear appearing mediocre and ordinary, 
and you hide feelings of envy and jealousy because this 
is a weakness you will never admit to. You strive to 
make a dramatic impression, but tend to be suspicious 
of compliments and dislike excessive displays of affec- 
tion. In your career you often rise to great heights, but 
Saturn in Leo has a way of causing a downfall when 


you are at the peak. Natives of this position are suscep- 
tible to high blood pressure and heart ailments. 

SATURN IN VIRGO The responsible planet Saturn and 
the conscientious sign of Virgo work well together. 
This Saturn position heightens Virgo's intellectual abil- 
ity and practical turn of mind. You are methodical and 
organized, willing to work hard to achieve goals. To 
you, theory and practice are one and the same; you 
immediately put what you learn into use. Saturn does 
place hardship in your path, usually early in life when 
you must sometimes cope with sorrow, disappoint- 
ment, or frail health. You can become bogged down in 
trivialities because you are a stickler for details. You are 
also capable of becoming a petty tyrant when others 
don't see things your way. Saturn gives you wisdom 
but not necessarily vision. Too often you see the dark 
side of life and fear the unknown — that is, what you 
cannot categorize and control. On the plus side, Saturn 
endows you with an ability to make money, especially 
in real estate. Natives of this Saturn position are vul- 
nerable to intestinal upsets and ulcers. 

SATURN IN LIBRA Libra is a favorable sign for Saturn. 
As a Saturn-Libran you are gifted with good judgment 
and an instinct for making the right impression on 
others. You know when to be aggressive and when to 
be diplomatic. Though it is part of Saturn's lessons to 
bring some sorrow and disappointment in relation- 
ships, you usually benefit from the stability of mar- 
riage. However, there may be a divorce before you find 

happiness with a mate. Sometimes an early love affair 
turns out to be the love of your life but ends in loss. 
Saturn in Libra may suppress the desire to share and 
be close to another person, which often results in lone- 
liness. In general, this is an excellent position for suc- 
cess in public life, and also for a strong showing in 
artistic pursuits. It has been said that if your Saturn is 
in Libra, you will only get into trouble when you are 
doing what you ought not to be doing. Saturn-Librans 
are susceptible to back injuries and kidney problems. 

SATURN IN SCORPIO Saturn is powerful in this secre- 
tive and passionate sign, lending subtlety and force to 
the personality. As a native of this position you under- 
stand human motivation, which enables you to control 
others. Your dominating strength is often hidden un- 
der a pleasant and genial exterior. Saturn, however, 
places obstacles in your path in the form of emotional 
difficulties and sometimes scandal. You tend to be 
drawn to secret love affairs that bring sorrow or trou- 
ble into your life. When you achieve power you some- 
times undergo a downfall because of rumor and gos- 
sip. When young you often have health problems, but 
you get through this and tend to live to a ripe old age. 
This is an excellent planetary position for executive 
ability and an unswerving commitment to a goal. Your 
strong will can become inflexible. Once you set on a 
course, you see it through to the end. You are prone to 
secret brooding, but there is usually a touch of dry Sat- 
urnian humor to relieve it. Saturn-Scorpios are liable 
to suffer the loss of loved ones early in life. 

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SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS In Sagittarius, Saturn has 
the effect of delaying success until the lessons of pa- 
tience and perseverance are learned. You may en- 
counter adversity and setbacks early in life, and often 
must work hard and long to receive what is due you. 
However, as you get older you acquire wisdom, vision, 
and a depth of understanding that fashions you into a 
leader. Saturn gives your mind a philosophical bent; 
you can usually face up to what life offers because you 
put your faith in the long-term outcome. This is an ex- 
cellent position for success in law, politics, writing, and 
foreign affairs. Saturn, however, emphasizes Sagittar- 
ius's tactlessness and cynical point of view. It is possi- 
ble you may suffer a blow to your reputation because 
of something heedless you have said. As a Saturn- 
Sagittarian you experience inner conflict between your 
need for order and security and your desire to seek ad- 
venture and challenge. Natives of this Saturn position 
are susceptible to accidents involving the hips and 

SATURN IN CAPRICORN Saturn rules the sign of 
Capricorn, and thus its power is strong here. Both the 
positive and negative qualities of Saturn are powerfully 
emphasized in you. You are ambitious and independ- 
ent, dedicated and unswerving, but your methods can 
be dictatorial and overbearing and you may sometimes 
be thought of as selfish and mean. Saturn puts many 
obstacles in your path, and you learn early in life to be 
self-sufficient. You want to do everything yourself. It 
would be easier to take a cub away from a mother bear 
than a task away from a Saturn-Capricorn. You also 
have an instinct for doing things the hard way; you 

don't listen to advice. However, you do learn from ex- 
perience. As a child you may have been insecure and 
timid, but as you grow older you gain in authority. 
Loneliness and an inability to share is a running thread 
throughout your life. Many of you are prone to melan- 
choly, but you usually have a witty, dry sense of humor. 
Generally, you attract faithful friends, but Saturn in 
Capricorn tends to bring disappointment in love. Na- 
tives of this Saturn position are prone to aches in the 
joints and knees. 

SATURN IN AQUARIUS In the humanitarian sign of 
Aquarius, Saturn's qualities of trustworthiness and self- 
discipline are well placed. As a Saturn- Aquarian, you 
have a talent for dealing with people and appealing to 
the masses. Many of you achieve fame in both the en- 
tertainment world and politics because of this ability. 
Saturn in Aquarius enhances a rational and original 
mind, capable of learning and study. Like those with 
Saturn in the other fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, and 
Scorpio, you are likely to encounter obstacles and diffi- 
culties early in life, but you tend to gain the wisdom 
and maturity that serve you well as you get older. You 
like to run the show and get your own way, and you are 
clever about manipulating people so you can. You can 
be obstinate and cunning at the same time. Saturn 
gives you the aggressiveness to take leadership, but you 
know how to avoid rubbing others the wrong way. You 
have humor and wit, though your need for independ- 
ence sometimes leads to a lonely life. Natives of this 
Saturn position are prone to injuries to the lower legs 
and ankles. 


SATURN IN PISCES Saturn in the mystical sign of 
Pisces does not favor material success. What you gain 
in life are sagacity and discernment. Your vivid imagi- 
nation can be translated into creative work; your sym- 
pathy and intuition enable you to draw others to your- 
self. However, more than people of any other Saturn 
position, you are sensitive to the woes and harshness of 
the world. Saturn often brings disappointment and 
loss; the way it does so for you is to force you to make 
personal sacrifices for others or dictate that you take 

an inferior position even though your talents are supe- 
rior. In time you can change this, but you must first 
develop the courage and determination to do so. Pisces 
is the sign of self-undoing, and your greatest power 
comes when you learn not to be the cause of your own 
unhappiness. You are drawn to philosophy, writing, 
and teaching of a spiritual or occult nature. Natives of 
this Saturn placement are vulnerable to ailments and 
problems involving the feet. 

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Uranus is the planet of change and originality, 
symbolizing the element of surprise in your life. 
Uranus brings about sudden events and opportunities. It 
awakens, shocks, and revolutionizes. It is responsible for 
the flash of human genius that creates something new — 
whether it be in art or science. 

Do you often take an action that has no rhyme or rea- 
son? Are you attracted to an unusual line of work or to 
odd, colorful people? Do you feel that you are a more in- 
ventive thinker than those around you? Do you take an in- 
terest in modern science and the latest discoveries in the 
world? Are you known for your startling pronouncements 
or being an unusual character? 

A person who has a strong Uranus in his or her birth 
chart will answer yes to these questions. It is important for 

you to know the sign that Uranus occupies in your horo- 
scope in order to see where your own originality and spe- 
cial self-expression can best be utilized. 

Uranus was not known to the ancients, for the planet 
was discovered only in 1781. Uranus is the first of the three 
modern planets, and the first ever to be found through a 
telescope. On March 13, 1781, at Bath, England, the British 
court astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered what he 
thought was a comet. After a year of careful observation, 
he verified that this heavenly body was a new planet in our 
solar system. 

Herschel named the planet Georgium Sidus (Star of 
George) in honor of King George III of England, but the 
name never caught on. For a while it was called Herschel, 
and finally was changed to Uranus. (The letter H, for Her- 


schel, is still embodied in the symbol for Uranus: IjJ.) 

Uranus was the Roman sky god, the first ruler of the 
universe. In astrology Uranus is the planet of the future, 
associated with modern science, invention, electricity, hu- 
manitarian movements, and revolution. It is the planet of 
sudden upheaval and swift, unexpected happenings. Its 
domain is all that is new, original, different, and un- 

Uranus relates to your inner will and your secret power. 
In certain respects its power is similar to that of Mars. The 
difference is that Uranus is a deep-seated energy within 
the personality, an unconscious purpose that is revealed 
over a lifetime. As the great astrologer Evangeline Adams 
explains, a person can be powerful even if he or she is 
physically crippled, and another person may have enor- 
mous energy that he or she scatters about to no purpose. 
The first person has a strong Uranus and an afflicted 
Mars. The second has a powerful Mars and a weak 

Uranus's position in your chart indicates whether you 
have an inventive or unconventional mind and if you are 
attracted to odd and peculiar ideas. It designates what 
kind of genius you possess, whether you encounter un- 
usual circumstances in work, travel, and relationships, and 
your propensity for sudden and dramatic events that mark 
your life. 

If Uranus is prominent in your horoscope, you are in- 
clined to be independent and resourceful. You may dress 
in an unusual manner, create your own style, and invent 
new gadgets. People may be attracted to you because of 
your "far-out" point of view. You may even be psychic. 
Uranus is the guiding force behind the visionary. 

Uranus's influence also tends to make a person eccen- 

tric in behavior, undisciplined, reckless, and perverse. He 
or she may be difficult to get along with because of an 
abrupt manner, rebelliousness, or unpredictable moods. 

In addition to having a personal meaning in your horo- 
scope, Uranus is one of three planets in astrology that 
have a generational influence. The three modern planets, 
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, are so far away from the Sun 
that they travel very slowly through the zodiac. They 
spend a long time in each of the signs: Uranus takes seven 
years to transit one sign, Neptune spends fourteen years in 
one sign, and Pluto takes from thirteen to thirty-two years 
to go through one sign. Astrologers believe that these 
planets influence a whole generation as well as individuals. 
Uranus was first discovered at the time of the industrial 
revolution, the beginning of the modern age. The planet's 
journey through the zodiac corresponds with the new dis- 
coveries of science. For example, between 1996 and 2003, 
Uranus traveled through the sign of Aquarius, the sign 
that it rules. Aquarius represents the airwaves, space, free- 
dom of opinion and far-flung communication. During 
Uranus's transit, the computer and micro-technology lit- 
erally took charge of every aspect of our lives — how we 
communicate, do business, file information. Indeed, the 
world is run by the microchip, and scientists say the com- 
puter has changed the very way human beings think. 
Uranus is the ruler of the new Age we are in, the Age of 
Aquarius (see chapter 13). 

Uranus brings change into our lives, new situations, 
and new people. Its gifts are always sudden and 
ephemeral; you have to take immediate advantage of them 
before they flash by. The message of Uranus is to move 
with change and not be afraid of the future. 

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An Astronomical L 

ook at Uranus 

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, and is 1,784,800,000 miles distant from the Sun. Uranus is four times larger 
than the Earth, with a diameter of almost 32,000 miles compared to Earth's 8,000. Its orbit around the Sun is an almost 
perfect circle, and it takes 84 years and 7 days to complete one journey. It spins very quickly on its own axis, however; a 
day on Uranus lasts only 10 hours and 49 minutes. This means that there are 68,000 Uranian days in one Uranian year! 

Uranus tilts rather oddly on its axis, inclined at an angle only eight degrees from being horizontal. In other words, it 
practically lies on its side. The Sun, therefore, shines first on one pole and then on the other pole (depending on where 
Uranus is in its orbit), while the opposite pole is in complete darkness. When the South Pole has sunlight, the North Pole 
is plunged into darkness, and vice versa; each of these periods of night and day on Uranus lasts for 21 Earth years. Uranus 
also rotates on its axis in a direction contrary to the other planets in our solar system. On Uranus, the Sun rises in the west 
and sets in the east. 

These unusual characteristics of Uranus correspond to the planet's astrological reputation for eccentricity. Uranus has 
been called the black sheep of the solar system. 

When Voyager 2 flew by Uranus in January, 1986, it photographed ten previously undiscovered moons (bringing the 
total to fifteen), and two new rings around the planet (bringing this total to eleven). Voyager 2 also discovered a corkscrew- 
shaped magnetic field around Uranus that stretches for millions of miles. 

Where Is Your Uranus? fused or disorganized thinking. You immediately try to 

put your own ideas into action and have little patience 
To find out what sign Uranus was in on the day of your with tried-and-true methods. You believe that people 
birth, consult the Uranus Tables on page 510. who play it safe are usually sorry. Often you have an 

inimitable style of dressing, a look all your own. You 
URANUS IN ARIES Uranus in the active sign of Aries tend to change jobs or residences often and are fond of 
favors an original and inventive mind. You need to be traveling, 
in charge and, given the chance, you will run other 

people's lives. You can be brusque and blunt because URANUS IN TAURUS Uranus is very strong in Taurus 
you feel that you know better than others. What you and its influence promotes willpower and determina- 
want is to see things clearly and not be a victim of con- tion. Uranus in Taurus helps you to produce results 



through patient and concerted effort. You have a need 
to build, to be constructive, and to achieve. You tend to 
be blessed with financial luck, particularly with posses- 
sions that gain in value. Often you have a mania for 
owning new and different objects, and Uranus some- 
times brings a sudden find into your life. A taste for 
bright colors and vivid patterns is evident in the way 
you dress and decorate. Uranus in Taurus usually indi- 
cates a happy and prosperous marriage. 

URANUS IN GEMINI In Gemini, Uranus shows its 
power through ideas. You are intellectual and imagina- 
tive. You possess a magnetic mind that draws people to 
you, and you have the ability to sway others to your 
point of view. Your energy is forceful in mental pur- 
suits. You are attracted to offbeat ideas and fascinated 
by psychic phenomena and unexplained events. 
Uranus in Gemini produces a strong urge to express 
yourself in writing and speaking and to create some- 
thing striking and startling. Even in ordinary commu- 
nication, such as phone calls and letters, you are origi- 
nal and captivating and your amusing way with words 
is evident. You enjoy traveling, easily pick up foreign 
languages, and have an aptitude for music. 

URANUS IN CANCER In Cancer, the power of Uranus 
is expressed through heightened sensitivity to other 
people. You have a highly developed imagination and a 
subconscious that borders on psychic awareness. Your 
intuitions can be trusted. Valuable insights come to 
you through sudden and unexpected feelings that ar- 
rive in a flash. You receive opportunities through the 
intervention of other people, often in chance encoun- 

ters. Uranus in Cancer also promotes success through 
home-oriented activities, such as gourmet cooking, 
collecting antiques, and interior decorating. Many of 
you have a reputation for being eccentric and unpre- 
dictable and for having an artistic temperament. 

URANUS IN LEO Uranus exerts a formidable influence 
in the expansive sign of Leo. As a native of this posi- 
tion, you have a forceful personality and express your- 
self through leadership. You have a desire to be a hero 
or heroine. Your creative mind constantly spins new 
ideas, but you are not content merely to see your con- 
cepts carried out. You must be on display as well; you 
want the credit and the attention. Uranus in this posi- 
tion often brings sudden opportunity through roman- 
tic relationships. Uranus also takes you far afield in 
your search for new and different pleasures. You tend 
to have luck in gambling, especially on sporting events. 
At times you give an impression of being too defiant 
and independent. 

URANUS IN VIRGO In Virgo, Uranus shows its power 
in the ability to analyze and use facts. Uranus in Virgo 
bestows a marvelous combination of intuition and 
common sense. You have a great need to improve the 
world. You seek complete autonomy when carrying 
out your ideas, and rebel against routine and the re- 
strictions of others. Your independence is sometimes 
so marked as to be considered eccentric by others. 
Uranus brings you luck through sudden changes in 
work situations, often a reshuffling of staff or a com- 
plete relocation to a new place. Uranus-Virgos are 
known for unusual ideas about health and food. You 

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are the first one to know all about the latest reducing 
or rejuvenating diet. 

URANUS IN LIBRA In the harmonious sign of Libra, 
Uranus expresses its power through partnerships. As a 
native of this position, you are drawn to unusual rela- 
tionships and are often thought of as unconventional 
in your choice of friends or lovers. Uranus brings you 
luck through your relationships and also many oppor- 
tunities through persons of foreign birth. In this 
Uranus position, love affairs and marriages tend to be- 
gin quickly and to have abrupt endings. Libra is an 
artistic sign, and Uranus bestows style and imagina- 
tion. You are known for your unusual or exotic taste in 
art and decoration. You possess an appealing charm in 
the way you present yourself or dress. Uranus confers 
an ability to make a memorable first impression. 

URANUS IN SCORPIO Uranus is strong in the intense 
sign of Scorpio. You have a dominating quality that 
wells up from deep within you. You possess a magnetic 
sexuality that is sometimes known as star quality. You 
are blessed with a penetrating mind. You are able to 
bring concentration and willpower to bear, and thus 
can move mountains through sheer effort. Uranus 
brings you luck through intuitive flashes of knowledge 
about people or situations in which you are involved. 
Unusual financial turns and reverses can be expected 
during your lifetime. Often you benefit through a part- 
ner's money or by an inheritance. At times you may be 
thought of as stubborn, secretive, and shrewd. 

URANUS IN SAGITTARIUS In the freedom-loving 
sign of Sagittarius, Uranus exhibits itself as pioneering 
and adventurous. You are very independent and rebel 
against anything overly organized and structured. At 
times you are restless and quite reckless. You are proud 
and courageous and often have an unconventional 
point of view. Though you don't necessarily seek it, 
Uranus promotes financial luck through investments 
and speculation. Often while traveling, unexpected 
events or new people bring opportunity into your life. 
Uranus in this position also endows you with 
prophetic vision and insight, and you can often tell 
when something important is about to happen. 

URANUS IN CAPRICORN Uranus's energy is chan- 
neled into constructive effort in the disciplined sign of 
Capricorn. You have a strong inner will to succeed. You 
need to be in authority and have difficulty accepting 
the rule of other people. Uranus in this position signals 
unexpected shifts in career or working conditions. You 
have an ability to spot future trends and to move in a 
more lucrative direction. Uranus gives you confidence 
to break through old established ideas. You are 
thoughtful, forceful, and able to organize people. You 
can also be tyrannical and domineering; there is always 
a fighting spirit to your personality. However, Uranus 
lightens Capricorn's seriousness and gives you a lively 
satirical wit. 


URANUS IN AQUARIUS Aquarius is the sign Uranus 
rules, and the Aquarian qualities of inventiveness and 
originality are strongly emphasized. You have a touch 
of genius plus the ability to make your impact on a 
wide group of people. Others are drawn to your 
unique mind, for you are an advanced thinker. You are 
a curious blend: You believe in freedom of thought 
and expression but are convinced that you alone are 
right. Uranus causes unexpected turnabouts in your 
life. You may work for years toward a goal, then success 
will come through something you did not give a sec- 
ond thought to. Friends and associates bring you luck 
in career. As a Uranus-Aquarian you are noted for your 
wry sense of humor. 

URANUS IN PISCES Uranus's power becomes subtle 
and emotional in the sensitive sign of Pisces. You have 
a unique talent for understanding and expressing hu- 
man feelings, which often shows up in creative work. 
Uranus brings you luck through your sharp psycholog- 
ical insights and your ability to uncover what is secret 
and unknown. You are blessed with psychic awareness; 
many of you are serious students of philosophy, reli- 
gion, astrology, and the occult. In career and business 
affairs, your intuitions tell you when to act and alert 
you to when others are most receptive to your ideas. 
Uranus in this position, however, does not indicate a 
strong will. At times you must withdraw from the 
world and recharge your psychic batteries. 

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Neptune is the planet of mystery and illusion. 
Its power is that of the imagination. Neptune repre- 
sents your dream life and your mystic qualities. It is the 
planet of bewitchment. 

Do you have an active fantasy life? Have you been told 
there is a hypnotic quality to your personality? Do you 
have compassion for the suffering of others? Are you inter- 
ested in occult and psychic phenomena? 

If you answer yes to these questions, Neptune exerts a 
strong influence on your life. Anyone who has had an 
artistic vision, or is drawn to spiritual matters, or has ex- 
perienced an unusual and unexplainable event has felt the 
power of Neptune. Knowing the position of this planet in 
your horoscope will help you to understand better its ac- 
tion in your affairs. 

Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea, who 
ruled over oceans, rivers, streams, fountains, and all things 
hidden by watery depths. In astrology Neptune is the 
planet of idealism and spirituality. Its realm is the subcon- 
scious world, hidden memory, intuition, and clairvoyance. 

The positive side of Neptune's influence represents 
glamour and mystery, artistic imagination, dreams, and vi- 
sions. Its negative side is characterized by deception, con- 
fusion, fraud, treachery, and sham. Neptune rules over a 
wide domain of human activity, from motion pictures, 
drama, dance, and poetry to hypnosis and anesthesia, hos- 
pitals, institutions and prisons, poison, and drug addic- 

This planet's position in your chart indicates what kind 
of ideals and goals you have, how psychic and visionary 


you are, and whether you possess a magnetic allure that 
people respond to. Neptune's influence brings great depth 
of understanding, ESP ability, and creative genius. Unlike 
the power of Uranus, which is sudden and forceful, Nep- 
tune's power is subtle, ethereal, inspirational, and other- 
worldly. Many astrologers claim that Neptune brings a 
person into contact with a higher plane of consciousness. 
When this planet is prominent in an individual horo- 
scope, that person is likely to become involved in mysti- 
cism, psychic phenomena, or dream interpretation. 

When Neptune is afflicted, a person cannot separate 
fantasy from reality. He or she may seek release from life's 
problems in drugs and alcohol or even exhibit criminal 

Like the other two modern planets, Neptune has a 
strong generational influence. Because it moves so slowly 
through the zodiac, Neptune spends approximately four- 
teen years in each sign. The year 1846, when Neptune was 
discovered, was a time of renewed interest in spiritualism. 
Hypnosis became a new medical treatment, and anesthet- 
ics were first introduced into general use. Ten years later 
Sigmund Freud was born. During his lifetime, Freud's the- 
ory of the unconscious and his new science of psycho- 
analysis revolutionized the treatment of mental disorders 
and changed the very way that human beings looked at 

All through the decade of the 1960s, Neptune was in 
Scorpio. During this time we saw the rise of the drug cul- 
ture. From the 1970s until 1984, Neptune transited the 
sign of Sagittarius, and there was an upsurge of interest in 
so-called New Age topics — reincarnation, channeling, and 
a quest for deeper meaning. While Neptune was in Capri- 
corn between 1985 and 1998, drugs became an interna- 
tional trade and governments rose and fell over issues of 

religion and ideology. Between 1998 and 2012 Neptune 
journeys through Aquarius; a negative aspect of this tran- 
sit may be a rise in anarchy, but a more optimistic view 
looks for greater brotherhood among nations and a more 
spiritual altruism throughout the world. Interestingly, the 
final year of Neptune's presence in Aquarius, the year 
2012, is predicted by the Mayan calendar to be the "end of 
the world." Many astrologers and spiritual guides predict 
this means that on a global level there will be a change in 
"consciousness" among human beings, and our values will 
shift toward creating a Utopian society. 

Because Neptune has a generational influence, you 
share Neptune's characteristics with the people of your 
era. The sign that Neptune is in determines how you and 
your generation will make history. The influence of Nep- 
tune will be perceived much more clearly by historians 
once it has passed into a new era. 

Keep in mind that we have never observed even one 
complete journey by Neptune through the zodiac. This is 
because the planet takes almost 165 years to make one or- 
bit around the Sun and we only discovered Neptune in 
1846. Of course, mankind has always felt Neptune's influ- 
ence even though we did not know of the planet's exis- 
tence. By the year 2011 we will have finally noted Nep- 
tune's transit through all twelve signs of the zodiac. 

In its highest form Neptune symbolizes perfection. It 
represents your unselfish ideals, your spiritual quest, and 
your search for the Impossible Dream. 

Where Is Your Neptune? 

To find out what sign Neptune was in on the day of 
your birth, consult the Neptune Table on page 512. 1 also 
give Neptune's dates of transit in the following descrip- 
tions of the planet in the different signs of the zodiac. Be- 

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An Astronomical Look at Neptune 

Neptune is the second of the three modern planets to be discovered, and the achievement is considered a mathematical 
triumph. In the years following the first sighting of Uranus in 1791, astronomers noted that planet's tendency to wander 
from its prescribed orbit. The erratic motion led some to believe there was yet another lost planet exerting a gravitational 
pull on Uranus. 

The position of this unknown planet was finally computed by two astronomy students, working separately and 
independently. In October 1845, John Couch Adams of Cambridge, England, sent his data about the discovery of an 
unknown planet to the royal astronomer. The royal astronomer ignored it because he himself was working on this own 
theory to explain Uranus's orbit. In June 1846, Urbain Jean Joseph LeVerrier of Paris, France, announced his discovery of 
the unknown planet's position. LeVerrier was also ignored. Finally in September of that year, LeVerrier sent his data to 
Johann Gottfried Galle, director of the observatory in Berlin, Germany. Galle turned his telescope to the designated spot 
and found a planet only one degree away from where LeVerrier claimed it would be. Both Adams and LeVerrier were 
subsequently given credit for discovering Neptune, and happily became fast friends. 

Neptune is the eighth planet in our solar system, and is 2,795,700,000 miles distant from the Sun — thirty times 
farther from the Sun than Earth. The planet cannot be seen by the naked eye, and it is difficult to pick out even with a 
telescope, for there are over 200,000 stars in the heavens brighter than Neptune. 

When Voyager 2 flew by Neptune in August 1989, the spacecraft had been traveling for twelve years but it did not 
disappoint scientists with its discoveries. One discovery is that Neptune (like Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus) has rings, five of 
them. Voyager 2 also discovered six more moons (bringing the total to eight). One of Neptune's eight moons is Triton, a 
moon that orbits the wrong way — in a direction opposite to Neptune's orbit. This leads astronomers to believe Triton was 
once a small planet that orbited around our Sun but long ago came too close to Neptune and was captured by its 
gravitational field. 

cause of Neptune's generational influence, it is interesting 
to look back at the planet's effect on an entire era. Note: In 
the dates for Neptune's and Pluto's transits through the 
signs, you will note in some cases more than two dates are 
given for a particular sign. This is because Neptune and/or 

Pluto were in retrograde motion for a while, entering a 
new sign, then returning to the previous sign before finally 
settling down into the new sign. For a detailed explanation 
of retrograde movement, see page 417. 



NEPTUNE IN ARIES (1861/62-1874/75) To Aries, the 
sign of active energy, Neptune brings a reforming 
spirit and high ideals. Neptune-Ariens favor new 
methods in politics, medicine, and science that will 
better the lot of mankind. They are idealists and revo- 
lutionaries. When Neptune was last in Aries, it was a 
time of upheaval. Darwin's theory of evolution shook 
long-established concepts about man's history. The 
American Civil War was fought for the ideal of equal- 
ity among human beings. During this era the Red 
Cross was established, with its emphasis on caring for 
the sick and needy; the Theosophical Society was 
founded, which renewed popular interest in philoso- 
phy and spiritualism. Neptune- in- Aries bestows a vivid 
imagination, and natives get true hunches about the 

NEPTUNE IN TAURUS (1874/75-1887/89) Neptune in 
the materialistic sign of Taurus brings a deeper aware- 
ness of what is truly valuable in life. Neptune-Taureans 
are attracted to artistic and spiritual quests; many pos- 
sess psychic ability. These people are able to make 
practical use of (and sometimes profit from) their in- 
terest in mysticism. When Neptune was last in Taurus 
we had the great expansion of American industrialism, 
and along with it a revival of interest in mysticism and 
the occult. During this era the writings of Karl Marx 
gave rise to a new idealism about the distribution of 
wealth. On a personal level, Neptune in this position 
favors an unusual source of income. Love and mar- 
riage bring happiness and inner wisdom. However, 
there is danger of financial loss through deception or 

NEPTUNE IN GEMINI (1887/89-1901/02) In Gemini, 
Neptune bestows mental genius, imagination, and cre- 
ativity. Neptune-Geminis have a magnetic ability to 
express themselves, a hypnotic way of communicating. 
Many create a lasting impression on the public. Nep- 
tune in this position gives inspiration for new inven- 
tions in science and mechanics. When Neptune was 
last in Gemini, Henry Ford perfected the automobile 
and the Wright brothers built a prototype of the first 
airplane (Gemini rules both transportation and the 
air). In science the first experiments in relativity laid 
the groundwork for Albert Einstein's epochal theory. 
On a personal level, Neptune-Geminis are resourceful, 
versatile, and perceptive. They have a tendency to at- 
tract unusual friends and to have impractical ideas. 

NEPTUNE IN CANCER (1901/02-1914/16) In the 
emotional sign of Cancer, Neptune's influence gives a 
psychic, spiritual, and idealistic quality. Neptune-Can- 
cerians are sensitive and compassionate. They tend to 
hold home and family in high regard and believe in 
old-fashioned values. However, Neptune also brings a 
striving for change and innovation to make the world 
a better place. When Neptune was last in Cancer, the 
American movement of social protest was part of a 
change affecting Western civilization. Also, while Nep- 
tune transited this sign of imaginative depths, Sig- 
mund Freud explored the unconscious and Carl Jung 
formulated his theory of a collective unconscious. On 
a personal level, Neptune in this position promotes a 
love of luxury. At some point in their lives, Neptune- 
Cancerians are likely to experience an unusual or 
strange occurrence in their home or with relatives. 

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NEPTUNE IN LEO (1914/15-1928/29) In the noble sign 
of Leo, Neptune confers great courage and ability for 
leadership. Neptune-Leos are generous, dignified, and 
ambitious. They have high aspirations and the force to 
make their dreams a reality. Many of the world's heads 
of states and political leaders dedicated to a cause were 
born with Neptune in Leo (e.g., John and Robert 
Kennedy). Leo is also the sign of drama, and during 
Neptune's transit of Leo we saw the rise of the motion 
picture industry to dominance in the field of entertain- 
ment. The decade of the Twenties saw the radio be- 
come an everyday source of entertainment. This was 
also the flamboyant era of the Roaring Twenties (Leo is 
the sign of showy ostentation). On a personal level, 
with Neptune in this position there is a tendency for its 
natives to be egotistical and quite sensual. 

NEPTUNE IN VIRGO (1928/29-1942/43) The spiritual 
planet Neptune in the practical sign of Virgo gives a 
strong instinct for service to mankind. Neptune-Virgos 
are discontent with the status quo, critical of accepted 
conventions. Many of those born when Neptune was in 
Virgo — the tumultuous years of the Great Depression 
and the onset of World War Two — have in our day be- 
come active in civil rights, the women's movement, and 
environmental concerns. When Neptune transited 
Virgo, the sign of health, treatment of disease with 
penicillin became widespread and chemotherapy was 
introduced. On a personal level, Neptune-Virgos pos- 
sess clairvoyance and psychic ability in which they 
should put more faith. Neptune in this position some- 
times shows a tendency to be hypercritical and con- 
fused in thinking. 

NEPTUNE IN LIBRA (1942/43-1955/57) Neptune in 
the romantic sign of Libra emphasizes idealism and 
love. Those born while Neptune transited Libra have 
been called the love generation. Neptune-Librans seek 
harmony and balance, and are deeply bothered by in- 
justice in the world. Many of the people who were 
born during the early years of Neptune's journey 
through Libra became active in the antiwar movement 
of the 1960s. Neptune-Librans strongly believe in the 
concepts of brotherly love and resistance to inequity. 
While Neptune transited this sign of peace the United 
Nations was founded. Libra is also the sign of partner- 
ship and marriage; this era brought a new questioning 
of the values of marriage, with a resultant rise in di- 
vorce and search for happiness in love. On a personal 
level, Neptune in this position produces a magnetic at- 
traction to the opposite sex, and at times a lack of 
willpower and determination. 

NEPTUNE IN SCORPIO (1955/57-1970) In the power- 
ful sign of Scorpio, Neptune's influence is shown in 
depth and intensity of feeling. Neptune-Scorpios are 
drawn to what is hidden from public view and want to 
uncover the truth. In years to come, this generation 
will continue to fight for more open government and 
to rectify the probable secret damage done to our envi- 
ronment by ruthless profitseekers. Neptune-Scorpios 
have a true capacity for innovation and invention and 
are attracted to science, medicine, and genetics. While 
Neptune traveled through this sign of sex and mysti- 
cism, there was a breakdown of sexual taboos in soci- 
ety and a revival of interest in the supernatural. On a 
personal level, in this sign of spiritual regeneration 


Neptune brings an extraordinary psychic awareness 
and interest in the occult. 

NEPTUNE IN SAGITTARIUS (1970-1984) In the al- 
truistic sign of Sagittarius, Neptune has an uplifting 
influence. Astrologers put great store in the generation 
born when Neptune was in this sign, for Sagittarius is 
the sign of higher learning, philosophy, and freedom. 
Neptune-Sagittarians have fine intellects, high pur- 
pose, and humane natures, and as these young people 
reach their adult years we look forward to new 
philosophers, sages, and humanistic leaders. Neptune 
in this position brings a desire for liberty and truth, 
and a visionary outlook. Neptune-Sagittarians will play 
an important role in improving living conditions in 
the Third World countries and in discovering new ad- 
vances in medicine and science. While Neptune tran- 
sited this sign of travel and expansion, more people 
had access to foreign cultures through travel, research, 
and the World Wide Web. 

NEPTUNE IN CAPRICORN (1984/85-1998) In the 
disciplined sign of Capricorn, Neptune's power is 
practical and concrete. Neptune-Capricorns are des- 
tined to be thorough and painstaking and to possess 
great courage once they are committed to a purpose. 
The generation born during Neptune's transit through 
Capricorn will make use of the inspirational ideas of 
the previous generation, particularly in science, chem- 
istry, and medicine. Neptune in this position gives cre- 
ative insight into the things of the earth — water, tim- 
ber, natural resources, oil, and minerals — and these 

people will find a way not only to use them efficiently 
but also to conserve and replenish the gifts of the 

NEPTUNE IN AQUARIUS (1998-2012) In the human- 
itarian sign of Aquarius, Neptune's power brings high 
ideals and social justice. Neptune-Aquarians are con- 
cerned about the welfare of others less fortunate. This 
generation will have visionary concepts that they put 
into practice. As revolutionaries, they will not tear 
down and destroy; rather, they will build for a grand 
future. Neptune in this position has been called by as- 
trologers "the flame of conscience." The generation 
born during Neptune's transit of Aquarius will be the 
authors of unusual and undreamed-of discoveries to 
aid mankind. 

NEPTUNE IN PISCES (2012-2026) In Pisces, Neptune 
will be the sign it rules, and therefore its qualities of 
spirituality and creative genius will be enhanced for 
those born in this era. Neptune-Pisceans will be deep 
thinkers with profound understanding about the 
meaning of life. Their compassion will be comple- 
mented by intense psychic powers. Astrologers believe 
that this generation, born when Neptune next transits 
Pisces, may usher in the ultimate period of self-realiza- 
tion. Their ascendancy will help to bring peace and 
tranquility to the world. Neptune in this position does 
not value materialism, so Neptune-Pisceans no doubt 
will explore the inner man and woman, and develop a 
new philosophy based on what they find. 


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Pluto is A planet of awesome power, but it is a 
power that we still find largely inexplicable and diffi- 
cult to understand. 

Pluto was discovered as recently as 1930, and as- 
trologers continue to study this planet's influence in as- 
trology. What is certain is that wherever Pluto appears in 
your horoscope, that area of life will show a marked 
change, perhaps a transformation. If you have ever experi- 
enced one of those blinding moments in which you sud- 
denly see your life in an entirely new light and decide to 
change everything, you have felt the energy of Pluto. 
Pluto's action brings to light things hidden in the depths 
of your subconscious, releases your dormant forces, and 
causes your suppressed energies to erupt suddenly. 

Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld 

and the nether regions of Hades, and of the spirits of the 
dead. Originally called Planet X, Pluto was given its name 
by a young British girl whose letter suggesting a new name 
for the planet was the first to arrive at the Lowell Observa- 
tory, where Pluto was first discovered. 

The planet is well named, for in astrology Pluto signi- 
fies death and rebirth. It is the planet of regenerative 
forces, of destruction and annihilation, and then complete 
transformation. Its keyword is elimination; Pluto wipes the 
slate clean. 

Pluto's immense power is felt in world events and in 
the great tides of history. It influences masses of humanity, 
enormous groups of people, and large organizations. Mass 
media and giant conglomerates are in its domain. Pluto 
rules over such disruptive elements in nature as earth- 


quakes and volcanoes. Its negative influence is shown in 
mob violence, demonstrations, murder, wide-scale terror- 
ism, and bombing. 

Pluto's power has been likened to that of nuclear fis- 
sion, which both destroys and creates. There are two sides 
to Pluto's influence, and like the two sides of a coin they 
are opposite but part of the same. 

Pluto has a powerful generational influence and also a 
personal meaning in your chart. The planet governs the 
beginnings and ends of the phases in life. If your life has 
taken a dramatic shift — if, for example, you have worked 
hard for a goal, only to see it destroyed or ended and an 
entirely new direction opened up — Pluto is likely to be 
prominent in your horoscope. People who have had to 
leave their homes behind to begin anew in a foreign coun- 
try, or those whose lives were irrevocably altered because 
of the death of a key figure, are under Pluto's influence. 
The Plutonian character has a deep need to dominate and 
control, and often will rise to great heights. People who 
have brilliant careers in politics and government, in med- 
ical research and archeology are under Pluto's influence; 
the planet governs the uncovering of secrets of the past in 
order to clear ground for the future. 

Even in the most civilized personality, Pluto's force is 
felt as an undercurrent of turbulence and uncontrolled 
energy. Its strong negative power may cause some people 
to be cruel, sadistic, or treacherous, or even lead a life of 
crime. Pluto's power is seen in both idealistic leaders and 
brutal dictators. 

Pluto represents the highest and lowest of which hu- 
mankind is capable. Some astrologers believe Pluto's 
power is too arcane and mysterious for human beings to 

analyze properly now, but that the planet will continue to 
govern impulses in our secret psyches that we do not yet 
fully understand. 

Where Is Your Pluto? 

To find out what sign Pluto was in on the day of your 
birth, consult the Pluto Table on page 513. 

Each of the three modern planets has foreshadowed com- 
ing events of the era during which it was discovered. In 
the case of Pluto, the planet was discovered exactly three 
months after the great stock market crash set off a world- 
wide economic depression. The decade that followed saw 
the rise of gangsterism and criminal mobs that were a law 
unto themselves. During this decade Adolf Hitler began 
his demonic rise, which ended by plunging the entire 
world into war. During the latter years of the twentieth 
century, while Pluto transited Scorpio (the sign of sexual- 
ity, death, and rebirth), we witnessed the rise of the AIDS 
virus and genetic engineering. 

Because Pluto is so new, astrology has not had much 
time to study and refine its knowledge of the planet. It is 
not always easy to see what influence a particular planet 
has on an era until time provides perspective. 

Since its discovery in 1930, we have noted Pluto's jour- 
ney through only six signs of the zodiac. Pluto is now 
transiting a seventh sign, Capricorn, in which it will stay 
until 2024. Reckoning backward into the 1800s as well as 
projecting forward a few years into the twenty-first cen- 
tury, here is a glance at what we are able to discern of 
Pluto's influence. 

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An Astronomical Look at Pluto 

In 1914, two years before his death, the American astronomer Percival Lowell began his computations on the position of 
an unknown planet beyond Neptune. He was looking for a planet (then called Planet X) to explain disturbances in the 
orbit of Uranus. Not until February 18, 1930, however, was Pluto actually discovered, by Clyde W. Tombaugh, who based 
his work on Lowell's reckonings. After years of search, Pluto was at last identified on a photograph taken with the giant 
telescope at Lowell Observatory (established by Percival Lowell in 1894). The discovery of Pluto was a mathematical feat, 
for the planet is an enormous distance from the Sun and is quite small in size, a mere pinpoint among the over 15 million 
stars in the heavens that are brighter than it is. 

Pluto is the ninth planet in our solar system, and is 3,680,000,000 miles distant from the Sun. Pluto's distance from 
Earth is approximately 50 times Earth's distance from the Sun. Pluto is a tiny planet with a diameter of 1,440 miles, less 
than one-fifth the width of Earth and less than half the size of Mercury. Because Pluto is so far away from the Sun, it 
receives relatively little sunlight. So great is the Sun's brilliance, though, that noon on Pluto is still 600 times brighter than 
a night here on Earth when the full moon is shining. 

Pluto has an eccentric orbit. All the other planets in our solar system travel in paths around the Sun that are virtually 
circular and are more or less on the same plane as Earth's orbit. Pluto's orbit, however, tilts rather wildly, so much so that 
at certain times Pluto is nearer to the Earth than Neptune is. In 1989, Pluto was at perihelion (closest to the Sun in its 
orbit) and until 1999, contrary to popular belief, it was not our outermost planet. During the years 1979 to 1999 Neptune 
was the planet farthest from the Sun. After that, and for the next 228 years, Neptune reverted to being the eighth planet 
from the Sun and Pluto the ninth. 

When speaking of Pluto's orbit, one must deal in terms of many years, for Pluto takes nearly 250 Earth years to make 
one journey around the Sun. This means Pluto dwells for many years in each sign of the zodiac. The number of years 
varies because of the planet's odd orbit, and may range from as low as 13 years to as many as 32 years. 

In January 2006 NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) sent a space probe, New Horizons, out 
toward Pluto, which is expected to reach Pluto in July 2015. 

Meanwhile, in 2001, controversy erupted over the status of Pluto. It was declared an asteroid, but quickly reinstated as 
a planet. Then in August 2006 the International Astronomical Union formerly downgraded Pluto to a "dwarf planet." 
According to new standards, one of the criteria for a planet is it must have cleared away all other objects out of its orbit. Yet 
Pluto orbits through the icy wreckage of asteroids in the Kuiper Belt — and thus has now been relegated to the status of 
dwarf planet. 

Though to astronomers Pluto may be a dwarf, in astrology it looms as large as ever. Pluto continues to represent 
profound psychological transformation and the beginnings and endings to the stages of our lives (as well as historical 


PLUTO IN ARIES (1822/23-1851/53) Pluto's influence 
in this adventurous sign set off the great pioneering 
trek westward in America. The first railroad was intro- 
duced in America. It was during this era that the world 
became larger as mankind ventured to explore the far 
reaches of this planet. There were struggles for su- 
premacy as strong nations acquired colonies. It is par- 
ticularly notable that England (which is specifically an 
Aries country) achieved world ascendancy during 
Pluto's transit of Aries, becoming the empire on which 
the sun never set. When Pluto is in Aries, the planet's 
personal influence gives courage, self-reliance, and a 
strong sense of individuality; recklessness and egotism 
are its negative effects for individuals. 

PLUTO IN TAURUS (1851/53-1882/84) In Taurus, the 
sign of wealth and possessions, Pluto brought up- 
heaval. In America, a bloody civil war was fought over 
the question of slavery — whether one human being 
could properly be the possession of another. All over 
the world the very wealthy exploited the very poor; 
child labor flourished and the have-nots endured lives 
of misery and hardship. During this era Karl Marx for- 
mulated his revolutionary theories, based on the elimi- 
nation of the class system and a more equal distribu- 
tion of wealth. Pluto-in-Taurus saw capitalism finally 
triumph over the last vestiges of feudalism and virtu- 
ally take over the world. When Pluto is in Taurus, the 
planet's personal influence gives its natives determina- 
tion and endurance. People with this Pluto position 
seek stability and are often obsessed with material 

PLUTO IN GEMINI (1882/84-1912/14) When Pluto 
was last in Gemini, the sign of communication, it rev- 
olutionized the way information reached the masses. 
This was the era when newspapers came into promi- 
nence. The phonograph and photography reproduced 
sounds and visual information for wide use by the 
public. The first motion pictures were invented and 
gave rise to a new industry (which flowered when 
Neptune transited the theatrical sign of Leo). Gemini 
rules the airwaves, so it is not surprising that during 
Pluto's transit the telegraph, the radio, and the tele- 
phone came into being. This era also introduced two 
new forms of travel that would revolutionize the 
world: the airplane and automobile. When Pluto is in 
Gemini the planet's personal influence gives its natives 
an inventive and restless mind that seeks change and 
freedom from old restrictions. 

PLUTO IN CANCER (1912/14-1937/39) Pluto's stormy 
transit through Cancer, the sign of home, brought up- 
heaval to family life in America. By the millions people 
left the country to settle in towns and cities. The nega- 
tive side of Pluto-in-Cancer was shown in the hideous 
loss of life in World War One, and the preparations for 
World War Two under the leadership of militaristic 
Nazi Germany, a nation that espoused glorification of 
the homeland. Our country and our way of life (Can- 
cerian values) were imperiled. Cancer is the sign of 
agriculture; during Pluto's transit in the 1930s, we saw 
the great drought and the misery of the migrant farm- 
workers forced from their land. We also saw the rise of 
industrial unions formed in violent struggles against 
the power of the great corporations. When Pluto is in 

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Cancer, the planet's personal influence gives intense 
emotions and creative imagination. Negatively, it 
produces a deep resentment of other people's good 

PLUTO IN LEO (1937/39-1956/58) During Pluto's jour- 
ney through the masterful sign of Leo, the United 
States entered World War Two and helped the Allied 
powers win a victory over Germany and Japan. Leo is 
also a magnanimous sign (after the war the United 
States gave money and assistance to the defeated coun- 
tries in order to help rebuild them). On October 24, 
1945, the United Nations was formed, where each 
country would express its point of view and attempt to 
work out its differences with other nations. The Korean 
War was fought to save a nation from aggression. Pluto 
in the power sign of Leo also points to abuse of power, 
and during this era people's lives and careers were crip- 
pled and destroyed by the rise of McCarthyism. When 
Pluto is in Leo, the personal influence is to emphasize 
love of power, a domineering ego, and self-aggrandize- 
ment, but it also confers on its natives strong pride and 
a will to prevail despite obstacles. There is a tendency 
toward arrogance, selfishness, and sensual pleasures. 
The generation that was born when Pluto transited Leo 
introduced the era of the pleasure principle; there is 
also strong emphasis on mass hero-worship of person- 
alities in the media. 

PLUTO IN VIRGO (1956/58-1971/72) During Pluto's 
transit of Virgo, the sign of service to others, the 
Kennedy and Johnson administrations were committed 
to social programs. This was the era of the Great Soci- 

ety, of achievement in the fight for civil rights and, in 
the mid 1960s, a growing feminist movement. In this 
sign of health, some of Pluto's influences on its genera- 
tion are a new awareness of toxic food additives, an 
emphasis on holistic medicine, and concern over pol- 
lution of the environment. Virgo is also the sign of 
practicality, of putting facts to useful work. During 
Pluto's transit of this sign, the two world superpowers 
were actively involved in space exploration. In 1969 a 
human being first walked on the Moon. The dark side 
of Pluto's power was shown as the United States was 
plunged into turmoil by the assassinations of John 
Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. 
Southeast Asia was torn by an unending war in Viet- 
nam, which not only took its toll in lives and misery 
but also divided the nation emotionally. When Pluto is 
in Virgo, the planet's personal influence bestows a pro- 
found analytical quality to the personality. People un- 
der this influence seek perfection but are also suspi- 
cious and ready to find fault with the world around 

PLUTO IN LIBRA (1971/72-1983/84) Libra is the sign 
of peace and harmony, and early in Pluto's journey 
through Libra the agonizing war in Vietnam finally 
came to an end. On a larger scale, two enormous hos- 
tile world powers, the United States and the People's 
Republic of China, moved toward peace and a new 
rapprochement in their relationship. Pluto-in-Libra 
also indicates deep concern for law and balancing in- 
justice. The era of Watergate, with its shocking revela- 
tions of corruption, ended by bringing new order to 
government and restoring the balance of powers be- 


tween the executive branch and Congress. A conse- 
quence was the adoption of the Freedom of Informa- 
tion Act. Libra emphasizes egalitarianism and equality, 
and Pluto's transit saw the passage of equal opportu- 
nity laws, support for the Equal Rights Amendment, 
and greater equality for homosexuals. Libra also signi- 
fies a love for luxury, and the early 1980s ushered in a 
period of opulence and ostentation. When Pluto is in 
Libra, the planet's personal influence promotes a deep 
need to seek harmony and cooperation. Its negative 
side brings unforeseen problems and disruption in 
close relationships. 

PLUTO IN SCORPIO (1983/84-1995) The entry of 
Pluto into the sign of Scorpio coincided with George 
Orwell's predictions of a totalitarian government and 
loss of individual rights in his famous book 1984. 
Pluto is extremely powerful in Scorpio, the sign that it 
rules, and this period was one of turmoil and revolu- 
tion. During this era the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet 
Union disbanded and became a commonwealth, Iran 
turned militantly conservative, Yugoslavia was torn 
apart by warring Serbs and Croats. Scorpio is the sign 
of destruction, and Pluto's transit was rife with world- 
wide terrorism. Pluto's link to the underworld was 
seen in the rise of an international drug trade. The 
sign of Scorpio rules sexuality, birth, death, and re- 
birth, and Pluto's journey gave rise to test-tube babies, 
surrogate parenting, cloned animals, and all manner of 
genetic engineering. The AIDS virus became rampant, 
underlining the themes of sex and death. Pluto's per- 
sonal influence in Scorpio produces individuals with 
penetrating minds and strong wills. These people are 

imaginative and passionate, possess psychic ability, and 
can be ruthless about getting their own way. 

PLUTO IN SAGITTARIUS (1995-2007/08) Pluto zips 
through Sagittarius in a relatively short time, thirteen 
years, and its influence promises to be less heavy. Sagit- 
tarius is the sign of truth and open knowledge, and the 
years just prior to the turn of the millennium are char- 
acterized as the Information Age. Television reported 
events in full detail almost before they took place; the 
Web links us to information within seconds; endless 
streams of memoirs have left no one's secrets untold. 
In keeping with full disclosure, we witnessed a U.S. 
president's impeachment (and acquittal) that began 
with the exposure of his extramarital sexual affair. 
Sagittarius also represents foreign lands and far-flung 
places and, through the computer and the Internet, 
Pluto has transformed the concept of distance. Inter- 
national trade and business takes place in seconds, re- 
tailers sell to the public directly through the computer, 
and e-mail instantly connects people on opposite sides 
of the Earth. We are hopeful that the first decade of the 
twenty-first century is an era of new values in philoso- 
phy, religion, education, and foreign affairs, areas all 
under Sagittarius's influence. Sagittarius is the sign of 
freedom, adventure, and exploration. There should be 
a new spirit of friendliness and spiritual sharing 
among nations. Europe has already joined in a Com- 
mon Market. Pluto-in-Sagittarius brings deep hope 
and profound understanding. Its negative influence is 
toward impractical extremes, but the optimism and 
enthusiasm that characterizes this transit should make 
this an uplifting time for human beings everywhere. 

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PLUTO IN CAPRICORN (2008/09-2024) Because 
Capricorn is the sign of discipline and ambition, 
Pluto's influence here should stress responsibility and 
the ethic of work. Capricorn is the sign of government 
and long-term security, and Pluto may have the effect 
of bringing a new world order into being. Individual 
nations may join in a system of world government that 
leads to greater stability. Star-watchers are focused on 
the year 2012, which the Mayan calendar marks as the 
"end of the world." Many spiritual movements believe 
this is a metaphor for a change in "consciousness" 
when the human race will adopt a more spiritual value 
system. Astrologically, Pluto in Capricorn holds out the 
hope there will be an end to war. 

By the time Pluto enters the following sign of Aquarius, 
the world will be in the Age of Aquarius (see chapter 13). 
Pluto will bring even greater emphasis to the humanitar- 
ian and freedom-loving qualities of Aquarius. This should 
be a time of unimaginable scientific discovery, for Aquar- 
ius is the sign of science and future knowledge. 

When Pluto is in Pisces, human beings may at last com- 
prehend the fullness of Pluto's power and add to their 
knowledge of the meaning of life. Pisces represents the 
completion of the circle, the last step before moving on to 
the first rung of a higher ladder. By this time the human 
race may have evolved to a higher and more noble plane. 


Part Three 






As far back as Babylonian times, ancient astrologers divided life into different categories. 
They understood that a life's journey consists of a myriad of activities and emotions, of work, ambition, 
hopes and dreams, and relationships. 
Babylonian astrologers named twelve separate categories of life, which have come down to us from that time 
almost unchanged. These twelve divisions are called Houses. I recently saw a modern definition for Houses — 
"existential arenas" — but this is just a fancy way of saying that each House represents a separate area and specific 
function of your life. There is a House of domestic life, a House of personal wealth, a House of marriage, a 
House of career, etc. 

Your horoscope — which is a map of your individual personality — consists of all twelve Houses. Here, begin- 
ning with the first, are the twelve Houses of a horoscope. After you have set up your horoscope (see chapter 9), 
you will have a clearer understanding of what the Houses of astrology mean in your life. 


FIRST HOUSE This is the House of Self. It is the most personal and most 
powerful House in your chart, for it symbolizes you — your mannerisms, 
your style, your disposition and temperament. This is the House of your 
outward behavior, your likes and dislikes. The First House reveals both the 
way you present yourself to others and the way the outside world sees you. 
It often indicates your physical characteristics, especially your head and fa- 
cial features. Sometimes called the House of self-interest, it denotes what 
you want in life and how you go about achieving it. The place in your chart 
at which this House begins is the most important point in a horoscope, for 
it determines where all the other Houses will follow. In astrology the First 
House is thought of as a giant lens through which the rest of your chart is 
seen and interpreted. 

SECOND HOUSE This is the House of Money and Possessions. It relates to 
what you own in life and what you will acquire, your income, and your fi- 
nancial prospects. This is the House of movable possessions, the things you 
physically take with you as you move through life. The Second House also 
tells how you feel about money and possessions, and gives a clue to the 
kinds of objects with which you like to surround yourself. To a certain ex- 
tent it gives a picture of your earning power and ability to handle money. 
The Second House often shows what activities and projects may be a lucra- 
tive source of income for you. 

THIRD HOUSE This is the House of Communication. The Third House 
relates to your immediate environment in three major areas: self-expres- 
sion, your family ties, and day-to-day travel. This House governs the way 
you think, speak, and write. Logic, memory, and manual skill are in its do- 
main. The Third House often indicates what kind of early education you 
received, and your ability to study and learn. Your relationships with broth- 
ers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins and neighbors are part of this 
House's influence. Short trips and the vehicles for this type of travel are 
governed by the Third House — especially the travel you do for work or 

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FOURTH HOUSE This is the House of Home. The Fourth House governs 
your home life in the past, the present, and the future. It indicates the kind 
of home you had in childhood and your relationship with parents. What 
you have brought into this life from your ancestors is in its domain. In the 
present, the Fourth House relates to the kind of home you make for your- 
self. Your current domestic affairs are under its influence, as are real estate 
holdings and the ownership of land. This House also rules over the closing 
years of your life, the kind of security you seek for old age. The Fourth 
House is one of the more mystical houses in your chart, for it represents 
what you keep protected and secluded from the rest of the world — the 
place you call home in both a physical and an emotional sense. 

FIFTH HOUSE This is the House of Creativity and Sex. The Fifth House 
rules over everything you do for pleasure and to express yourself creatively. 
Your sexual nature (the most basic creative urge in your psyche) is a large 
part of its domain. Children and the joy you receive from them are gov- 
erned by this House. The Fifth House also relates to entertainment, holi- 
days, amusements, and the arts. It rules love affairs, new undertakings in 
life, speculation and gambles, and games of chance. It is the House that ex- 
presses your artistic talents as well as your ability to enjoy yourself in life. 
In childhood, pets and playmates are part of this House, for it holds sway 
over all the things to which you instinctively give affection. This is the 
House of your heart. 

SIXTH HOUSE This is the House of Service and of Health. Often called 
the House of service to others, it indicates your need to help others and to 
be useful in the world. In the old days it governed a person's attitude to- 
ward servants and those of inferior standing. In the modern day, this 
House rules your relationship with the people you work with, with those 
who are subordinates, and with your employers. The Sixth House also re- 
lates to your state of health and especially applies to illness brought on by 
worry or emotional upsets. This House often signifies whether you have a 
robust or delicate constitution, and what kinds of diseases you may be sub- 
ject to. 

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SEVENTH HOUSE This is the House of Partnership and Marriage. On a 
personal level, it relates to your husband or wife, the mate you choose in 
life. It often indicates what kind of marriage you will have and whether you 
might divorce or remarry. This is your House of partnerships, not only in 
marriage but also in work, business, legal affairs, and sometimes in politics. 
It covers legal unions or contracts you enter into, and both sides of a ques- 
tion or dispute. The Seventh House concerns your ability to work harmo- 
niously with others. Paradoxically, it also governs what astrologers call your 
open enemies, those who are usually your adversaries in the business or 
professional world. The Seventh House is the opposite of the First House of 
Self; here you blend your personality with others in order to pursue shared 

EIGHTH HOUSE This is the House of Death and Regeneration. The 
Eighth House is one of the three mystical houses in your chart (the others 
are the Fourth and the Twelfth), and one of the most difficult to under- 
stand. Sometimes called the House of spiritual transformation, it rules the 
life forces that surround sex, birth, death, and the afterlife. It concerns 
legacies and what you inherit from the dead — both materially and spiritu- 
ally. Money that belongs to your partner, and taxes and debt are also in this 
House's domain. The Eighth House may give some indication of the condi- 
tions surrounding your death, although the precise time always remains a 
mystery. Surgery is governed by this House, since it relates to regeneration. 
This is the House of psychic powers and occult studies and knowledge. 

NINTH HOUSE This is the House of Mental Exploration and Long Dis- 
tance Travel. The Ninth House can be thought of as a widening of the 
Third House; study, travel, and mental pursuits are expanded in the Ninth 
House onto a much wider plane. This is the House of the higher mind. Un- 
der its domain are higher education, philosophy, and the study in depth of 
profound subjects. Long journeys of both the mind and the physical body 
are controlled by this House. It concerns actual travel to foreign lands and 
business interests in other countries. It governs the meeting of foreigners 
who expand your way of thinking, and also the study of languages. The 
Ninth House rules your public expression of ideas and is therefore the 
House of publishing and literary effort. 


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TENTH HOUSE This is the House of Career and Public Standing. Its op- 
posite house (the Fourth House) rules the home; the Tenth House rules all 
matters outside the home — your profession, your status in the community, 
and your public reputation. It has been called the House of ambition, aspi- 
ration, and attainment. This House also reveals in what esteem you are 
held by others. The Tenth House reflects your image, as shown in the 
power, position, and honors that you may achieve. It is an outward expres- 
sion of your talents, the way you accept responsibility, the place you arrive 
at through your own efforts. This House has a great influence on your ma- 
terial success in life. 

ELEVENTH HOUSE This is the House of Friends and of Hopes and 
Wishes. Unlike its opposite house (the Fifth House) with its concern for 
immediate pleasures, the Eleventh House has to do with long-term dreams 
and goals and with intellectual pleasures. This House governs your involve- 
ment with groups and organizations that have to do with your work, pro- 
fession, or family. The clubs, societies, or political associations you belong 
to are under its domain. This House often indicates the kinds of friends 
and acquaintances who can best further your interests and objectives in 
life. The Eleventh House reflects your ability to enjoy other people. On its 
highest level this House represents the harmonious working together of all 
people, each one doing what best expresses his or her individual personal- 
ity. It is the House of idealism and vision. 

TWELFTH HOUSE This is the House of Secrets, Sorrows and Self-Undo- 
ing. It is the most mystical of all the Houses, the final House, the end of the 
circle. This is not necessarily a negative and gloomy place, but it does de- 
fine the limitations placed on your life, including by yourself through self- 
undoing behavior. This House governs disappointments, accidents, trouble, 
and self-defeat. It rules unseen forces, secret enemies, escapism, asylums, 
hospitals, and prisons. The Twelfth House has been called the House of 
Karma, the House of spiritual debt, for it contains the rewards and punish- 
ments for the deeds one commits in the world. It is associated with psychic 
powers and the ability to discover at last the meaning of life. 

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You may have noticed that the twelve Houses 
bear a relationship/resemblance to the twelve Signs of 
the zodiac. The First House shares certain qualities with 
the first sign of Aries; the Second House has qualities in 
common with the second sign of Taurus, and so on 
through the zodiac. The zodiacal sign that corresponds to 
a House is called the natural ruler of that House. 

House Natural Ruler 

First House of Self Aries 

Second House of Possessions Taurus 

Third House of Communication Gemini 

Fourth House of Home Cancer 

Fifth House of Creativity Leo 

Sixth House of Service Virgo 

Seventh House of Partnership Libra 

Eighth House of Regeneration Scorpio 

Ninth House of Mental Exploration Sagittarius 

Tenth House of Career Capricorn 

Eleventh House of Hopes Aquarius 

Twelfth House of Self-Undoing Pisces 

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In astrology, the Houses are categorized in groups of three 
and in groups of four. These groups have special meanings 
that help us to see the overall picture of how Houses relate 
to life. 

Houses Divided into Three Groups 

1. ANGULAR HOUSES (called Angular because they 
mark the four "Angles" of a chart. See pages 343 ff.) These 
are the First, Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Houses. Planets 
in these Houses indicate that you will achieve some kind 
of prominence in the world. 

First House of self and personality. 
Fourth House of home and the latter part of life. 
Seventh House of fortune in partnership or marriage. 
Tenth House of honor and position in career. 

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2. SUCCEDENT HOUSES (called Succedent because 
they "succeed" or follow the Angular Houses.) These are 
the Second, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Houses. Planets in 
these Houses indicate that you have stability, willpower, 
and fixity of purpose. 

Second House of finances. 
Fifth House of creativity. 
Eighth House of regeneration. 
Eleventh House of hopes. 

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3. CADENT HOUSES (called Cadent because they 
"fall away" from the Angular and Succedent Houses. The 
word cadent comes from the Latin cadere, meaning "to 
fall") These are the Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Twelfth 
Houses. Planets in these Houses indicate that you are 
mentally active and communicate your ideas. 

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Sixth House of employment. 
Ninth House of mental exploration. 
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Houses Divided into Four Groups 

1. HOUSES OF LIFE These are the First House of 
energy and vitality, the Fifth House of creativity and off- 
spring, and the Ninth House of learning and conviction. 

Third House of relatives and neighbors, the Seventh House 
of partnership and marriage, and the Eleventh House of 
friends and organizations. 

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2. HOUSES OF WEALTH These are the Second 
House of personal property, the Sixth House of employ- 
ment and work, and the Tenth House of career and public 

4. HOUSES OF ENDINGS These are the Fourth 
House of the latter years of life, the Eighth House of death 
and regeneration, and the Twelfth House of spiritual re- 
ward and debt. 

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One of the guideposts an astrologer looks at 
when interpreting your birth chart is which Houses 
in your horoscope are occupied by planets. Any House in 
your chart that has one or more planets in it is empha- 
sized and strengthened by their presence in specific ways. 
For example, Jupiter (planet of luck) in your Second 
House of Possessions indicates ease in making money, 
whereas Jupiter in your Seventh House of Partnership 
means you tend to make gains through your partnerships 
or marriage. Mars (planet of assertiveness) in your Third 
House of Communication designates intellectual sharp- 
ness and a powerful talent to communicate effectively, 
whereas Mars in your Eighth House of Regeneration indi- 
cates strong willpower, volcanic passions, and an interest 

in the occult. Venus (planet of love and beauty) in your 
First House of Self accentuates social ease, a refined es- 
thetic nature, and a goodlooking physical appearance, 
whereas Venus in your Fourth House of Home indicates 
that you are likely to have a comfortable, beautiful domi- 
cile and to have enjoyed a happy childhood. 

Each planet in each House has a special meaning, and 
the following rundown will serve as a useful guide. In or- 
der to apply these descriptions to yourself, however, you 
must first set up your birth chart. Instructions for doing 
that are outlined in the next chapter, "How to Cast Your 
Own Horoscope." Once you set down your Houses and 
discover which planets occupy which Houses, the follow- 
ing descriptions will help you to interpret your horoscope. 


FIRST HOUSE (House of Self ) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You have a 

strong will and sense of self, and you like lots of attention. 
You are an independent person with leadership ability. 
Good points: healthy constitution, generous, confident, 
dignified. Bad points: authoritative, egotistical, dictatorial. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are imagi- 
native in the way you express yourself and intuitive about 
other people. Home and family mean a great deal to you, 
and you remember your childhood with nostalgia. You 

want to be appreciated and admired, and would like to be 
famous. Good points: receptive, romantic, curious. Bad 
points: oversensitive, moody, a tendency to dissipate ener- 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You are mentally alert, 
inquisitive, and humorous, and you need intellectual chal- 
lenge. You like to travel and enjoy talking to people. You 
may be known as an idea person and are probably a good 
mimic. Good points: adaptable, active, good at writing 
and speaking. Bad points: restless, indecisive, think too 
much about yourself. 

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VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You are affection- 
ate, flirtatious, and usually quite good-looking. You have 
charming social manners and like to have companion- 
ship. Your appearance is important to you and you tend 
to spend too much money on yourself. Good points: 
sympathetic, artistic, a cheerful personality. Bad points: 
lazy, narcissistic, too fond of pleasure and luxury. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You are im- 
pulsive and independent, and dislike taking advice from 
others. You approach new projects with energy and confi- 
dence, and are capable of hard work. You have strong sex 
desires and are passionate in lovemaking. Good points: 
strong body, self-assertive, courageous. Bad points: incon- 
siderate, pushy, domineering, accident-prone. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You have a 
buoyant, cheerful disposition, and are a success socially. 
You inspire confidence, are optimistic, and tend to be 
generous with your time and energy. You are blessed with 
luck, and things usually turn out for the best in life. Good 
points: jovial, broad-minded, expansive, kind. Bad points: 
self-indulgent, gullible, with a marked tendency to gain 
weight. You are sometimes faithless in love. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
persistent, have organizing ability, and are capable of self- 
discipline. You are patient and a bit shy, feel nervous un- 
derneath (which you keep under tight self-control), and 

you want your talents and work to be recognized. Good 
points: industrious, good powers of endurance, a keen 
sense of responsibility. Bad points: stubborn and set in 
ways, afraid of new beginnings, secretive. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You have an 
inventive mind and may take up unusual interests or hob- 
bies. Your life is often marked by sudden and unexpected 
beginnings. You have a high-strung personality and an in- 
dependent way of looking at things. You can be strong- 
willed about getting your own way. Good points: original, 
creative, intuitive. Bad points: inconsiderate, stubborn, ec- 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
imaginative and impressionable and can use this in artis- 
tic work. You tend to be absentminded because you like 
to daydream. You are fond of luxury and are sometimes 
lazy. A lot of your time is spent on or near the sea. Good 
points: visionary, idealistic, sensitive to other people. Bad 
points: procrastinating, changeable, weak-willed, never 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You have an intense 
and magnetic personality, and you seek adventure. You 
learned to be self-sufficient when you were young and are 
inclined to be a loner. Good points: great strength, relent- 
less in pursuing a goal, potential for self-transformation. 
Bad points: inscrutable, vindictive, ruthless. 


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SECONDHOUSE (House of Possessions) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You need secu- 
rity and tend to attract money, but it comes into and goes 
out of your life rather quickly. You like to spend on luxu- 
ries, and many of your possessions increase in value over 
time. You often gain through influential people. Good 
points: generous, great reserves of strength, persistent, cre- 
ative in financial affairs. Bad points: possessive, greedy, os- 
tentatious, money and possessions become status symbols. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are able to 
earn money creatively, by using your imagination, and 
through the public — selling to the public, appearing in 
public, etc. Your financial affairs fluctuate and tend to be 
unsettled. You are sometimes thrifty and careful, at other 
times wasteful and careless. Good points: tenacious with a 
keen sense for what is lucrative, security-minded with an 
ability to plan for the future. Bad points: greedy, extrava- 
gant, you spend money emotionally and often unwisely. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You are able to earn 
money in intellectual enterprises — writing, teaching, lec- 
turing — or in any field of communications. You like to 
spend money on travel and education, and for gadgets 
that make your life easier. Sometimes you have more than 
one source of income. Good points: quick mind for finan- 
cial opportunity, good bargaining powers, talent for sales- 
manship. Bad points: careless with money, impractical, 
vulnerable to trickery and theft. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You tend to prosper 
through social connections, marriage, or artistic pursuits. 

Business ventures with a partner are lucrative. You like to 
spend on clothes, jewels, personal adornment, and pleas- 
ures. If you are a man you tend to spend money on 
women. Good points: generous, fair and honest in finan- 
cial dealings, an ability to use beautiful things profitably 
(fashion, decorating, art gallery, etc.). Bad points: extrava- 
gance, love of luxury and expensive possessions, inade- 
quate willpower. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You have 
good earning power and make gains through your own 
effort and competitiveness. Money is important to you, 
and you aggressively go after it. You tend to have frequent 
financial crises, but you recover quickly. Good points: effi- 
cient, enterprising about new profit-making ideas, often 
have your own business. Bad points: impulsive spender, 
lavish, careless, vulnerable to losses because of fire, haste, 
or rashness. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You tend to 
make money easily and have a talent for financial deal- 
ings. Other people are attracted to your expansive ways 
and you often benefit through social contacts. Depending 
on the other factors in your chart, you will gain affluence 
or spend all you get in wild extravagance. Traveling or the 
travel industry is another source of wealth for you. Good 
points: honest in dealings, generous, visionary about new 
moneymaking ideas. Bad points: materialistic, careless, 
apt to suffer loss through legal entanglements. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
ambitious about acquiring material comfort and tend to 
make long-range financial plans. You are thrifty and 

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shrewd, cautious about your investments; blue-chip 
stocks are more your style than get-rich-quick schemes. 
Money doesn't come in quickly; gain is slow and steady, 
and you must put in considerable effort. Good points: 
practical, persevering, hardworking. Bad points: stingy, 
may encounter delays and obstacles in acquiring money. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You tend to 
have an unusual source of income or your money oppor- 
tunities pop up suddenly and unexpectedly. Your long- 
term financial picture will probably have spectacular fluc- 
tuations. If there are no opposing influences in your 
chart, you can expect to gain overall. Antiques, curios, 
and collectibles are lucrative for you. Good points: inven- 
tive, resourceful, unusual eye for value. Bad points: sud- 
den losses, erratic money dealings, financial problems 
with friends. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
intuitive and imaginative about making money. A more 
logical person would say your financial affairs are not run 
in a businesslike way. In acquiring objects, you tend to be 
more interested in their esthetic value (their meaning to 
you), rather than their material value. Good points: gen- 
erous to others in need, gain through creative work, un- 
materialistic. Bad points: a careless or indifferent attitude 
toward money, too easily imposed on or swindled, lazy. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You are adventurous 
about money and not afraid of taking risks. You like to 
diversify, and during your lifetime there may be several 
changes in your source of income. You tend to become 
obsessed with possessions and finances. Good points: 
unique fiscal talent, resourcefulness, ability to win high 
return on your effort. Bad points: squanderer, selfish, ten- 
dency to be unscrupulous. 

THIRD HOUSE (House of Communication) 


SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You have an ac- 
tive, creative mind and need to communicate your ideas. 
Chances are you will be successful in writing, teaching, or 
lecturing. Your ability to express yourself often makes you 
a leader in your field. Good points: ability to study, fluent, 
cheerful personality. Bad points: disorganized, arrogant, 
tendency for misunderstandings with relatives. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You tend to 
think emotionally and have a strong imagination. You dis- 
like routine and your life is marked by many short trips. 
You have a good memory, often change your opinion, and 

make a good impression when working with or appearing 
among the public. Good points: inquisitive mind, good 
common sense, successful writing about self or family. 
Bad points: moody, unstable, tendency to interfere in the 
lives of others. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You have an alert man- 
ner and are versatile in handling both people and projects. 
You are practical and efficient at coping with details. Peo- 
ple are drawn to your wit and humor and your eloquence 
in expressing yourself. Good points: curious, logical, intel- 
ligent, sociable. Bad points: nervous worrier, indecisive, 
apt to quarrel with relatives. 

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VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You are artistic, 
have an innate sense of taste and design, and win atten- 
tion for your ideas in a way that people find charming. 
Your social life may involve taking a number of trips. Love 
may come about because of travel or through correspon- 
dence. Good points: cheerful, creative, eloquent in both 
speech and writing. Bad points: mentally lazy, superficial, 
too swayed by emotion. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You are deter- 
mined and active and usually speak your mind. You like 
to be a leader and often get your way in things because 
you are so persuasive. You tend to drive too fast or en- 
counter difficulties while traveling. Good points: alert, full 
of new ideas, can express yourself creatively. Bad points: 
argumentative, especially with relatives, vulnerable to loss 
in legal disputes. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You have an 
optimistic outlook and like to keep busy with a variety of 
intellectual interests. Your mind is not content with a little 
knowledge; you want to know more. Travel is a beneficial 
influence for both pleasure and profit. Good points: curi- 
ous and open to new experience, able to share ideas, good 
relationships with relatives. Bad points: restless, impracti- 
cal, reckless. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You have a 
practical and rather serious mind; you want to learn 
things so you can put them to use. You have good powers 
of observation, and prefer to deal in facts rather than the- 
ories. You sometimes procrastinate because you wait to 

make the right decision. You may encounter difficulties or 
obstacles in getting an education. Good points: contem- 
plative, persevering, conscientious. Bad points: prone to 
pessimism, estrangement from relatives. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You have an 
independent and inventive mind and like to follow your 
own road rather than someone else's. Travel in your life 
often comes up suddenly. At times you can be strikingly 
original in the way you speak and write. Good points: cre- 
ative, ingenious, versatile. Bad points: restless, friction 
with relatives because of unconventional ideas, prone to 
accidents while traveling. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): Your 
mind is impressionable and imaginative, and you may 
have psychic feelings about other people. You have a deep 
need to learn about life and are attracted to occult studies. 
You like to daydream and fantasize. Good points: idealis- 
tic, intuitive, artistic. Bad points: discontented, may un- 
dervalue your capabilities, confused dealings with rela- 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You have a penetrat- 
ing mind and seek to learn as much as possible. There is 
an intensity to the way you speak and write, which you 
can often use creatively. Travel opens new experiences for 
you and sometimes marks a significant turning point in 
your life. Good points: curious, good concentration, origi- 
nal in your thinking. Bad points: suspicious, manipula- 
tive, you want to dominate 


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FOURTH HOUSE (House of Home; also of the Early 
and Latter Parts of Life) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You take pride 
in your home and family; from the time you were young 
you had a deep need to establish roots. One or both of 
your parents was a dominant influence in your life; in 
some cases you had to struggle for independence. Condi- 
tions surrounding the end of your life promise to be for- 
tunate. Good point: you may benefit through inheritance. 
Bad point: you have a tendency to feel insecure. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are pro- 
tective toward your family and are (may become) a de- 
voted parent. During your lifetime you can expect to 
change residences often, and you like to live near water. 
During the latter part of life you may achieve public 
recognition. Good point: financial acumen in real estate 
or family possessions. Bad point: you resist facing up to 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): Your home is often a 
place of study or work, and the work you do may lead to 
changes in your residence. Your parents and early home 
life stimulated your curiosity to learn. In your latter years 
you can expect to be mentally active and to have many 
contacts throughout the world. Good point: you deal ra- 
tionally with family and as a parent. Bad point: restless- 
ness and difficulty in settling down. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): Your home is usu- 
ally your showplace and you like to surround yourself 
with beautiful things. You tend to have happy memories 

of childhood and are probably attached to your mother. 
Circumstances at the end of your life promise to be peace- 
ful. Good point: you promote harmony in domestic rela- 
tionships. Bad point: you are extravagant in buying pos- 
sessions for your home. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You have a 
great desire to own your own home so that you can live 
independently. In your childhood you may have been in 
conflict with parents, especially your father. Your latter 
years promise to be active, and you are unlikely to be de- 
pendent on others for a place to live. Good point: enter- 
prising about making money at home. Bad point: quarrel- 
some in domestic relations. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You tend to be 
happy and comfortable at home, and take pride in your 
family. In childhood you probably felt secure and loved by 
your parents, and you inherit from them in either a spiri- 
tual or material way. The latter part of your life should 
find you in comfortable circumstances. Good point: you 
should find material success in the city or country of your 
birth. Bad point: extravagant and overgenerous in domes- 
tic affairs or as a 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
concerned about and devoted to your family. In childhood 
you may have assumed responsibility at an early age. Sat- 
urn in the Fourth House sometimes indicates an early loss 
of a father. You will look after those who cared for you as 
a child when they are old. You plan carefully for security 
in your old age, and are likely to spend your last years 

306 • Understanding Astrology 

alone and independent. Good point: gain through real es- 
tate. Bad point: difficulty expressing feelings to family 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You are not 
a domesticated creature and need a certain amount of in- 
dependence. You have had a different childhood from 
your friends, or your parents may have had unusual ca- 
reers. Your life may take a sudden turn and your latter 
years will be spent in an environment you cannot yet en- 
vision. Good point: successful at entertaining groups in 
your home. Bad point: you can be a disruptive influence 
in family relations. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You prob- 
ably have an idealized picture of what home life should be 

like and are vaguely dissatisfied with what it really is. 
There may be family skeletons hidden somewhere. Your 
latter years will likely be spent in a faraway place. Good 
point: you are (may become) an imaginative and stimu- 
lating parent. Bad point: tendency for confusion and mis- 
understandings in family affairs. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You care intensely 
about family matters and want to dominate in your own 
home. Your parents were probably a profound influence 
on you but you may never resolve your mixed feelings 
about your early home life. Your latter years may be spent 
secluded and isolated, perhaps working on an important 
project. Good point: you feel responsibility toward the 
family. Bad point: may suffer early loss of parent or 


FIFTH HOUSE (House of Creativity and Sex) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You are ener- 
getic and creative, fond of pleasure and good living. You 
are interested in art, theater, sports, and like to be with 
people. You may have many love affairs, and you spend 
money with a free hand. Good point: joy in children. Bad 
point: pride interferes with love relationships. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are impul- 
sive about love and tend to follow your heart rather than 
your head. You seek out pleasure in life; one of your love 
affairs is likely to become public knowledge. You may have 
a child who becomes famous. Good point: romantic and 
creative imagination. Bad point: overprotective and pos- 
sessive of lovers and/or children. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You like change and 
new people, and probably have a number of love affairs. A 
lover must keep you intellectually interested or you be- 
come bored. You have a dramatic way of expressing your- 
self, and may possess artistic talent. Good point: flair for 
communicating with the public. Bad point: overcritical 
with loved ones. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You like social life 
and being in the spotlight. You attract romance, and usu- 
ally have many lovers. You take pleasure in creative work 
and are affectionate with children. Good point: you have 
the talent to succeed in the artistic and entertainment 
world. Bad point: self-indulgent and overly fond of ap- 

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MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You are rash 
and impulsive in love affairs, and sometimes too impa- 
tient in lovemaking. You are competitive (in love, sports, 
socially) and need to be a winner. You have a personal 
magnetism that draws people to you. Good point: leader- 
ship ability. Bad point: conflicts with loved ones because 
of ego. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You enjoy most 
forms of recreation — sporting events, parties, and theater 
are special favorites. If there are no opposing influences in 
your chart, you will be lucky in speculation. You are 
sometimes indiscreet about love affairs. Good point: chil- 
dren bring happiness. Bad point: extravagant; sometimes 
gambling losses. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): Because 
you are disciplined and take life seriously, you often don't 
allow yourself to relax and have fun. You have strong feel- 
ings about those you love, but you also need their respect. 
You may be stern with children. Your periods of unhappi- 
ness have taught you a lesson in life. Good point: con- 
scious of duty and responsibility to loved ones. Bad point: 
fear of giving too much of yourself in love. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You are 
prone to sudden infatuations that also end abruptly. You 
may be engaged to marry and then break the engage- 
ment. You like novelty and experimentation in sex. Good 
point: innovative and inventive in creative expression. 
Bad point: may be estranged from children. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You love 
pleasure and luxury (sometimes too much); you are very 
drawn to the theater or cinema. You bring a fantasy qual- 
ity to lovemaking. You may be involved in one or more il- 
licit love affairs, which may cause sorrow. Good point: 
artistic talent, especially as actress or actor. Bad point: 
vulnerable to loss through gambling or fraud. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You are impetuous 
and passionate and will follow your desires where they 
lead you. You exaggerate the importance of your love af- 
fairs until you become intensely involved. You have a 
strong artistic bent. Good point: you feel responsibility to 
loved ones. Bad point: you harbor resentment against a 
past love. 


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SIXTH HOUSE (House of Service and of Health) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You take pride 
in your work and have a talent for organization. You need 
to feel appreciated. Health tends to be good, with strong 
recuperative powers, though you are subject to occasional 
nagging health problems. Good point: you're an efficient 
problem solver. Bad point: you can be fussy and difficult 
to work for. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You may 

change jobs frequently until you find something that truly 
suits you. Unhappiness at work may affect your health ad- 
versely. You may be especially prone to stomach trouble. 
Good point: intuitive and imaginative in work. Bad point: 
unstable and indecisive about responsibility. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You are something of a 
perfectionist, which can make day-to-day problems seem 
overwhelming. You take an interest in health, diet, and hy- 
giene, and are usually well informed about the latest on 
these subjects. You have a tendency to be nervous and 
may have respiratory or stomach problems. Good point: 
practical and efficient, especially in work involving writ- 
ing or communications. Bad point: a worrier about health 
and work. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You strive for har- 
mony and good relationships with associates on the job. 
You don't like hard or gritty physical labor. Health is 
good, though you tend to overindulge in eating and 
drinking. Good point: work situation may bring romance. 

Bad point: tendency to laziness and letting others do the 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): In your work 
you set out to accomplish things. Keeping impulsiveness 
under control will make you more efficient. You drive 
yourself hard and expect others to perform at your level. 
You have vitality and energy, but are prone to careless ac- 
cidents. Good point: can initiate new work methods. Bad 
point: at times intolerant and argumentative with 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You tend to be 
successful in work and get along well with associates. You 
are loyal and dependable, and Jupiter usually brings mon- 
etary reward. You love good food and tend to gain weight. 
Good point: work brings opportunity for travel and ex- 
pansion. Bad point: health problems because of 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are a 
conscientious and reliable worker and handle responsibil- 
ity well. You are exacting in your demands on yourself. 
Health may be under strain due to overwork or because 
you tend to neglect looking after yourself. Good point: 
you are admired by colleagues and associates. Bad point: 
you can't accept that there are limitations and obstacles 
beyond your control. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You think of 
new methods or original ideas in plying your trade. You 
are also erratic and impatient, and sometimes don't 

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achieve as much as a more thorough and disciplined 
worker. Your health is subject to unusual complaints that 
are difficult to diagnose or treat. Good point: ability to 
modernize, streamline, or improve old ideas. Bad point: 
inconsistency in output and devotion to a task. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
idealistic about your work, sensitive to your surroundings 
and associates. You may have difficulty finding the right 
circumstances in which you can be happy and comfort- 
able. Health is subject to strange ailments; drugs are a 

particular hazard and their use should be supervised by a 
doctor. Good point: a desire to help the unfortunate. Bad 
point: inclined to laziness and merely drifting along. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You have great power 
of concentration and are intent on seeing results. You 
tend to overwork yourself. You take an interest in medi- 
cine and health and are sometimes gifted in the healing 
arts. Good point: the work you do can inspire others. Bad 
point: physical energy is often sapped by job pressures. 


SEVENTH HOUSE (House of Marriage and 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You are prom- 
ised success in marriage and in partnerships. Both should 
bring material, monetary, and social benefits. You may not 
marry young; your spouse will probably be prominent or 
of good and honorable character. Sex is important to you 
in marriage. Good point: you are popular and know how 
to attract people. Bad point: clashes at times because of 
your need to be dominant in relationships. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): Security is 
very important to you in marriage and relationships. 
Chances are you will marry a parental figure of some 
kind. Your spouse will probably be protective of you. You 
are likely to become popular with the public at some time 
in your life. Good point: responsive in partnerships; sen- 
sual in marriage. Bad point: changeable in your love rela- 
tionships; possible divorce. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You seek intellectual 
compatibility in marriage and partnerships. You will prob- 
ably marry someone lively and talkative; verbal give-and- 
take characterizes your intimate relationships. Business 
partnerships in law, literary, or communications world are 
beneficial. Good point: you are sociable, adaptable to all 
kinds of people. Bad point: stress in relationships because 
of quarrels and arguments. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You look for har- 
mony and fulfillment in both marriage and partnerships. 
You are affectionate, romantic, and popular with the op- 
posite sex. At some point in your life you are likely to gain 
prestige or financial benefit through a mate or partner. 
You tend to marry early and possibly more than once. 
Good point: you are a natural peacemaker. Bad point: re- 
sentful if others do not make the first move toward you. 

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MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You are a 
highly independent individual and won't give that up in a 
marriage or partnership. Your relationships begin impul- 
sively, and you are usually the aggressive one. Mars in the 
Seventh House indicates that you may marry more than 
once, or that a marriage or business partnership may end 
because of the death of partner. Good point: ardent and 
sexually passionate in marriage. Bad point: arguments 
and quarrels in relationships; possible early divorce. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): Partnerships 
or marriage may come about suddenly for you. You are 
drawn to unusual people and are likely to marry someone 
intellectually stimulating. As a team you will draw atten- 
tion. However, Uranus in the Seventh House indicates the 
possibility of sudden divorce and remarriage. Good point: 
you are able to achieve goals through a marriage partner. 
Bad point: your need for independence may cause disrup- 
tion or jealousy in marriage. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You are suc- 
cessful in marriage and partnerships, and are likely to gain 
power and prestige through both. Jupiter in the Seventh 
House often means you will marry twice and that one of 
your mates is likely to be powerful or wealthy. During 
your lifetime your adversaries often become friends, and 
conflicts have a beneficial ending. Good point: legal part- 
nerships tend to be fruitful. Bad point: overgenerosity and 
placing your trust in the wrong person. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
cautious about marriage and partnerships, and may delay 
getting involved until you are sure. You often marry a 
widow or widower or someone older than yourself. If 
there are no opposing influences in your chart, you bene- 
fit monetarily or socially through marriage. Good point: 
you take commitment to another person seriously. Bad 
point: possible legal problems and a setback because of 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): In mar- 
riage and partnerships you look for compatibility of 
spirit, common goals in life, or an artistic or religious vi- 
sion that you share. However, an unrealistic or confused 
attitude about what you want in a partner may lead to the 
possibility of an illicit love affair while married. Good 
point: sensitive and responsive to needs of partner. Bad 
point: too easily swayed; open to disappointment. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You are intense and 
dominating in relationships. You seek fulfillment in mar- 
riage and are emotionally demanding. Pluto in the Sev- 
enth House indicates that you may marry in secret or 
elope. Business partnerships are likely to be successful. 
Good point: you are intuitive about partner's needs. Bad 
point: strife, jealousy, and emotionalism in relationships. 


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EIGHTH HOUSE (House of Death and 
Regeneration; also of Legacies) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You are philo- 
sophical and have deep insights; you strive for self-im- 
provement. You may benefit from inheritance or from 
money through a marriage partner. There is the possibility 
of achieving fame near the end of your life or after death. 
Good point: you take pride in responsibilities. Bad point: 
may suffer the early loss of father or husband. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are a 
deeply sensitive person with a talent for healing. You have 
strong powers of suggestion. You are interested in ques- 
tions about death and an afterlife, and quite possibly have 
psychic ability that you can use in a practical way. You are 
highly responsive sexually. Finances may be unsettled be- 
cause of marriage or inheritance. Good point: you can 
guide others in a spiritual way. Bad point: may suffer the 
early loss of mother or wife. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You have a penetrating 
mind and look for some way to communicate your in- 
sights. You have a talent for research and analysis. Money 
comes to you through other people or a marriage partner, 
but there may be insurance or legal problems. Good 
point: ability to see into human motivation. Bad point: 
may suffer the early death of a relative. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You are intense 
about sexual involvements and look for fulfillment in 
them. You are likely to inherit money from a loved one or 
a marriage partner, or to gain from the career advance- 

ment of someone who loves you. Circumstances sur- 
rounding your death promise to be peaceful. Good point: 
sexual relationships tend to be harmonious. Bad point: 
laxness and reluctance to handle responsibilities. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You are pas- 
sionate about life and have a strong sex drive. You are at- 
tracted to the occult, also to medicine and the healing 
arts. There may be conflicts in your family over wills or 
legacies. Good point: powerful and brilliant researcher. 
Bad point: need to protect yourself against financial loss 
because of an extravagant partner. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You tend to 
have an optimistic and healthy attitude toward life and 
death, and an abundant sex drive. You will probably enjoy 
financial gain through inheritance or marriage. Jupiter in 
this House promises easy and peaceful conditions at your 
death. Good point: your philosophy of life can inspire 
others. Bad point: possibility of wasting other people's 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You take 
responsibility for others and may become involved in their 
financial affairs. You are inclined to be somewhat inhib- 
ited sexually or to have difficulty expressing yourself emo- 
tionally in sex. Saturn in the Eighth House usually indi- 
cates that you will live until ripe old age. Good point: you 
are careful about putting aside money to protect loved 
ones. Bad point: difficulties over property matters or in- 

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URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You have an 
unusual outlook on life and death, and possibly an inter- 
est in the mystical. Sexual tastes or involvements are likely 
to be unconventional. You may receive sudden financial 
benefits from unexpected sources. Good point: you feel a 
responsibility to others. Bad point: risk of loss through 
business deals. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
something of a visionary and seek to give your life more 
meaning. You may be gifted as a medium or possess 
strong ESP powers. Finances that you share with a mar- 

riage partner are a source of trouble or confusion. Good 
point: an idealistic desire to help others in need. Bad 
point: may suffer disappointment or be deluded in a sex- 
ual relationship. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You have a strong 
drive toward achievement combined with a need to ana- 
lyze what you do. You are dominant and passionate in 
your sexual nature. Pluto in this House indicates that your 
death will be of public concern. Good point: self-reliant 
and resourceful. Bad point: prone toward developing un- 
healthy obsessions. 


NINTH HOUSE (House of Mental Exploration) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You enjoy see- 
ing new places and exploring new ideas. You are a person 
who stands by your word and tends to be idealistic. You 
may spend a good deal of time traveling abroad. Good 
point: you believe in and pursue an education. Bad point: 
may become fanatical about your ideas. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You have a re- 
ceptive, imaginative mind capable of delving into philo- 
sophical ideas. You are attracted by the unknown; in your 
work you may delve into history or the past. At some time 
in your career you are likely to benefit from in-laws or rel- 
atives of the person you marry. Good point: you will have 
happy experiences on voyages or travel. Bad point: ten- 
dency to be vague, dreamy, and impractical. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You are alert and adapt- 
able, quick to establish rapport with new people. Yours is 
an exploratory nature, interested in gaining further 
knowledge. During your middle years you may travel a 
great deal, both for health and your work. Good point: 
mentally advanced. Bad point: inclined to be meddlesome 
and to make promises too readily. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You have warmth 
and understanding for people from different backgrounds. 
You are open to new ideas and experiences. Chances are 
good that you will receive some kind of honor in life. You 
may possibly be married abroad or marry a foreigner. 
Good point: high ideals. Bad point: you long for the unat- 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You are inde- 
pendent in thought and open to change, and you enjoy 
travel and adventure. You will fight for your convictions. 
You seek out experience because you want to live life to 

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the fullest. Good point: will gain in honor or financially 
through higher education. Bad point: can be headstrong 
and fanatical about ideas. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You have 

strong principles, are adventurous and optimistic. Travel 
and education open new doors for you and may lead to 
monetary gain. You have a flair for languages or an ability 
to express yourself well. Good point: foreign places 
and/or people contribute to your success. Bad point: can 
be arrogant and self-righteous. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
thoughtful and contemplative and have a desire to 
learn. You delve seriously into questions of philosophy, 
faith, or religion. Contacts with foreigners are beneficial 
in your life, especially with older people. Good point: 
idealistic principles. Bad point: obstacles or limitations 
to receiving an education. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You have an 
independent mind, and seek to widen your intellectual 

horizons. You may be known for your unorthodox views 
or interest in unusual branches of study. Opportunities 
for travel may come up suddenly, or you may experience 
exciting events in foreign countries. Good point: adven- 
turous and open to new experience. Bad point: inclined 
to be rebellious. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
drawn to deeper concerns in life, perhaps mystical or 
philosophical questions. You have imagination and in- 
sight, and probably make a fine teacher or counselor. 
There may be complications or difficulties in traveling 
abroad. Good point: visionary and idealistic. Bad point: a 
tendency to be discontented with your lot. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You have an urge to 
discover the truth and perhaps change things for the bet- 
ter. You take an intense interest in other cultures and in 
different religions and philosophies. Travel and foreign 
people may affect you deeply. Good point: a desire for 
deeper understanding. Bad point: you try to impose your 
views on others. 


TENTH HOUSE (House of Career) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You have a 
strong sense of self and a drive to succeed. Chances are 
you will achieve success, but most likely in the middle of 
your life. Problems may arise if ambition and career take 
precedence over other concerns, such as marriage and re- 
lationships. Good point: leadership ability and power to 
influence others. Bad point: sometimes arrogant and dic- 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are in- 
volved with the public in career, professional, or social ac- 
tivities, and perhaps will not have much private life. There 
is the possibility that you will change your occupation in 
midlife. The Moon in this House brings career benefits 
through women or female members of your family. Good 
point: you are intuitive about what the public wants. Bad 
point: a risk of public scandal. 

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MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You are able to use facts 
profitably and can adapt to different kinds of people. Your 
career should be intellectually stimulating, for you have 
talent in writing or communications. Travel is frequently 
involved in your work. Good point: success dealing with 
persons in authority. Bad point: unforeseen disruptions or 
uncertainty in career. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You have an ability 
to use charm and diplomacy to further your interests. You 
may be involved in artistic or cultural work or in creating 
beauty. You are likely to be popular with the public. Good 
point: partnership (possibly marriage) should enhance ca- 
reer. Bad point: risk of scandal or disappointment 
through or because of women. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You have en- 
ergy and initiative in career matters and will likely domi- 
nate other people. You are ambitious and competitive, 
and you strive for independence or to get rid of interfer- 
ence. Your self-reliance and executive ability should bring 
status within your occupation. Good point: you deal with 
practical problems rather than vague theories. Bad point: 
possibility of frustration due to unrealized goals. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): Your desire to 
achieve in life will likely have good results in your career. 
You are confident, sociable, able to deal successfully with 
people. Jupiter in this House often confers public honor 
or esteem. Good point: ability to win favor of influentials. 
Bad point: tendency toward an arrogant, devil-may-care 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
self-reliant, ambitious, and likely to achieve success. You 
have the stamina and perseverance to attain your ambi- 
tion step-by-step. There is the possibility that you will 
reach high position toward the end of your life, but that it 
will be a lonely place. Good point: self-disciplined and re- 
sponsible. Bad point: selfish; susceptible to discredit or 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You are an 
independent type who looks for freedom from interfer- 
ence. You achieve success in your work because of your 
unique or unconventional way of doing things. Your ca- 
reer tends to be marked by sudden or unusual turns and 
changes. Good point: original and inventive mind. Bad 
point: difficulty dealing with persons in authority. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You have 
high aspirations and are likely to be talented in a creative 
way. Your imagination and intuition are helpful tools in 
your career. Neptune in this House indicates an unusual 
profession or possibly success using a different name. 
Good point: idealistic and spiritual outlook. Bad point: li- 
able to become confused by going in too many directions 
at once. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): Your intense person- 
ality makes its mark in career matters. You usually have a 
flair for business and knowledge of how to elicit support 
from others. During your lifetime you are likely to achieve 
a position of power and independence. Good point: force- 
ful and dynamic energy. Bad point: subject to unforeseen 
twists of fate with loss of prestige. 


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ELEVENTH HOUSE (House of Hopes and Wishes; 
also of Friends) 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You are socially 
popular, able to attract and keep friends. You usually ben- 
efit through their faith and support. You have high goals 
in life, and an optimism that wins others to your cause. 
Good point: idealistic and creative. Bad point: a tendency 
to be domineering with others. 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): Your easy so- 
cial charm attracts admirers. At some time in your life 
your goals shift and friendships are likely to change. You 
have a flair for entertaining in your home. Good point: 
emotionally intuitive in dealing with people. Bad point: 
accessible to unreliable friends and scandal not of your 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You should have a large 
number of acquaintances, for you adapt yourself to a vari- 
ety of different people. Your friendships tend to be based 
on an intellectual rapport. You are socially minded and 
usually become involved with groups, clubs, and societies. 
Good point: clever at thinking of ways to achieve your 
goals. Bad point: inclined to be impractical and/or cynical. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You actively in- 
volve yourself with friends and tend to be a leader in your 
circle. Your associations with others are likely to be based 
on mutual assistance or favors. You have definite goals and 
objectives in life that you energetically pursue. Good point: 
willingness to help or be responsible toward others. Bad 
point: you can be quarrelsome and argumentative. 

JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You are popu- 
lar with others, and your associations bring you luck and 
happiness. You have high ideals and will likely gain your 
objectives. You know how to deal successfully with promi- 
nent and important people and will benefit from their in- 
fluence. Good point: cooperative and generous with 
friends. Bad point: you rely on undependable or parasiti- 
cal friends. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You form 
a few true and lasting friendships rather than cultivate 
many superficial acquaintances. You have high aspira- 
tions, but must often cope with mundane delays and ob- 
stacles. The discipline you learn early in life brings free- 
dom later on. Good point: determination to reach 
objectives. Bad point: victimized by unscrupulous or self- 
ish motives on the part of others. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): You are sociable 
and fond of people and usually have lots of friends. You 
will likely benefit from your associations in both a social 
and a monetary way. You are drawn to marry a friend or 
someone you meet through a group or association. Good 
point: a tactful, diplomatic touch with people. Bad point: 
you are likely to confuse friendship with love. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): Your attach- 
ments and friendships often form suddenly. You are at- 
tracted to people with unusual interests and from differ- 
ent walks in life; you may be involved with the occult. 
Your ideals and ambitions are not run-of-the-mill, and 
you are often thought of as a unique personality. Good 
point: lively and inventive attitude toward achieving 

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goals. Bad point: suffer estrangements from friends, and 
consequent emotional upsets. 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
drawn to artistic, sensitive people and are likely to form 
friendships because of goals you share in common. You 
are inclined to be an idealistic, compassionate person, 
concerned with giving help to others. You may join a hu- 
manitarian organization or a group with visionary aims. 
Good point: intuitive to the needs of others. Bad point: 
you suffer because of unreliable or treacherous friends. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You are a strong, vital 
force in the lives of your friends, and involve yourself 
deeply with them. You are something of a reformer, and 
seek to bring about a change for the better in any situa- 
tion. You feel intensely about your goals and may even 
have an obsessive personality. Good point: strong loyalty 
to friends. Bad point: vulnerable to separation or sorrow 
through death of friends. 


TWELFTH HOUSE (House of Secrets, Sorrows, and 

SUN in (Planet of vitality and individuality): You like privacy 
and quiet and the joys of meditation and reflection. You 
may be reticent or have difficulty expressing yourself and 
are close to only a few people. Success comes later in life 
rather than earlier. Good point: a deep spiritual under- 
standing. Bad point: you tend to lead a secluded or lonely 

MOON in (Planet of emotions and instincts): You are sensi- 
tive, receptive, and intuitive toward other people. Too eas- 
ily hurt, you hide your real feelings. Often you need to get 
away to restore yourself, think, and meditate. Good point: 
a creative imagination. Bad point: often insecure; possible 
disappointment comes through mother or family. 

MERCURY in (Planet of the mind): You tend to be a con- 
templative, self-absorbed, insightful thinker who works 
things out for yourself, alone or in secret. You worry over 
trifles and inconsequentials, and may be very shy. Good 
point: an instinctive researcher or investigator. Bad point: 
vulnerable to slander. 

VENUS in (Planet of love and pleasure): Emotional and sen- 
sitive, you are capable of giving true and selfless love. You 
are most content when leading a private and secluded life. 
There is the possibility of a secret love affair. Good point: 
artistic and creative urges. Bad point: danger of an un- 
happy marriage or sexual alliance. 

MARS in (Planet of energy and assertiveness): You keep your 
deep and vehement feelings secret from the world. You 
have strong intuitive powers that can be used to advantage 
in personal relationships. Your sexual nature is intense but 
repressed. Good point: active imagination. Bad point: 
danger from secret enemies. 

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JUPITER in (Planet of luck and expansion): You lean to- 
ward the spiritual or have an uplifting religious or philo- 
sophical faith. Your success in work helps or benefits oth- 
ers, and you are most attracted to medicine or social 
work. You also have a gift for producing inspired 
thoughts in seclusion. Good point: a compassionate and 
charitable nature. Bad point: impractical; you rely on oth- 
ers too much. 

SATURN in (Planet of discipline and limitation): You are 
reserved, somewhat solitary or reclusive. You place limita- 
tions on yourself because of cautiousness or fear. You find 
it hard to share your feelings with others and may carry a 
secret sorrow with you. Good point: successful when 
working alone and in seclusion. Bad point: possibility of 
loneliness or isolation later in life. 

URANUS in (Planet of change and originality): You are very 
intuitive, perhaps psychic, and are attracted to unusual 
beliefs in religion or metaphysics. Your need to be inde- 
pendent in thought fights against limitations placed on 

you by others. During one period in your life you may 
spend time alone in foreign countries or strange places. 
Good point: you are humanitarian and compassionate. 
Bad point: you are subject to sudden and unexpected ad- 

NEPTUNE in (Planet of spirituality and illusion): You are 
deep and sensitive and likely to possess a strong artistic 
bent. You prefer to work and live in a quiet atmosphere 
where you can create or meditate. There may be a myste- 
rious or otherworldly quality to your personality. Good 
point: kind and helpful toward others. Bad point: afraid 
of life or harsh experiences. 

PLUTO in (Planet of transformation): You have a com- 
pelling desire to understand, to see deeply into philosoph- 
ical questions. There may be a secret sex involvement in 
your life. You are a private person and do not share your 
emotions easily. Good point: profound imagination. Bad 
point: may hide feelings of anger or resentment. 


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In this chapter you will learn, step by step, how to interpret your birth chart or horoscope. The 
terms birth chart and horoscope here are used interchangeably, although they are not precisely the same. A 
horoscope is simply a map of the heavens — specifically the part of the heavens we call the zodiac* A horo- 
scope can be cast for any given point in time; for example, at the beginning of a new business enterprise. A birth 
chart is a horoscope for the moment of birth. When a person speaks about "my horoscope," he or she means a 
map of the zodiac for his or her birth time. 

There was a time, not too long ago, when setting up a horoscope was a laborious process. Many complicated 
mathematical steps were involved and, by and large, people were dependent on professional astrologers to do 
the job. Happily, though, we are now living in the age of information — the computer has given everyone access 
to his or her complete, detailed, accurate natal chart. This book, for example, comes packaged with a CD-ROM 
that you can easily slip into your computer. Just key in the birth data and within seconds you can obtain a chart 
for anyone. 

Casting a chart is easy — the interpretation is more complex. Charts are filled with astrological detail, and 
every one of these scores of details has a meaning. Putting together all the intricate denotations is a fine art. It is 
similar to the process a physician or therapist goes through looking for a diagnosis. In addition to extensive 
knowledge of astrology, this synthesis requires keen observation, an understanding heart, insight, and some- 
thing more — an "extra-sensory" sense, a flash of seeing. And like finding a good therapist, finding someone who 
can offer an interpretation that is incisive, penetrating, compassionate and revelatory can be tricky. 

But this does not mean you cannot read a horoscope. You can — and you can do this using some easy exer- 
cises that offer much information. This chapter provides you with simple tools that start delineating an overall 

* A detailed explanation of the zodiac is given on page 383. 


picture of yourself. Begin with your own horoscope (yours is the most fascinating). Shortly you'll amass a good 
deal of detailed information about your strengths and talents, your likes, weaknesses, needs, and hidden agendas. 
Throughout this chapter, I illustrate each exercise with a Sample Chart. For this Sample Chart, I chose the 
horoscope of Oprah Winfrey, the charismatic talk show host and media super-celebrity who has touched an ex- 
traordinary chord with the public. 

What Is a Birth Chart? 

Just as your fingerprints, blood type, and ge- 
netic code were all set at the moment of your birth and 
all comprise a picture of you, so your birth chart was im- 
printed at the time of your birth and is a composite por- 
trait of you. 

What is a birth chart? It is a diagram of the zodiac at 
the moment you were born. As explained earlier, you can 
think of it as a pictograph of you as a newborn baby, lying 
on the circle of Earth, looking all around you at the sky 
bubble that surrounds you. 

Nowadays a horoscope is drawn as a circle, though in 
old astrology books you will find horoscopes in the shape 
of a square. The circle is far easier to use and clearer to see 
at a glance. 

Every horoscope is divided into twelve parts, like a pie 
cut into twelve pieces: 

320 • Understanding Astrology 

Each of the twelve segments in a horoscope represents 
one of the houses of astrology, which were described in 
the previous chapter. The lines (which look like the spokes 
of the wheel) are known as the cusps of the houses. A cusp 
is the point at which a house begins. 

The houses of a horoscope always follow the same pat- 
tern. The First House begins at the "nine o'clock" position. 
The houses then go counterclockwise around the wheel 
of the horoscope. The Second House begins at the eight 
o'clock position. The Third House begins at the seven 
o'clock position, and so on through the twelve houses. 
Here is what the houses look like pictured in a horoscope: 

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Generally, charts use symbols rather than words. If you 
are looking at a chart produced by a computer, you will 
see that the signs, planets and aspects are indicated in 
symbols. The symbols (called glyphs) for each zodiac sign 

Aries "Y~ 
Taurus \j 
Gemini J[ 
Cancer @ 
Leo Q 
Virgo TIP 

Libra £1 
Scorpio TTL, 
Sagittarius ■/ 
Capricorn r& 
Aquarius 'ZZ 
Pisces X 

The symbols for each planet are: 

Sun Jupiter 2[ 

Moon 2> Saturn ?i 

Mercury § Uranus IjJ 

Venus $ Neptune ^ 

Mars cf Pluto E 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 321 

Oprah Winfrey 

Born January 29, 1954, at 4:30 a.m. Central Standard Time, 

in Kosciusko, Mississippi 

Latitude 33'03" North, Longitude 89'35" West 

Ascendant is 29 Sagittarius 

The Sun is in 9° Aquarius in the Second House 

The Moon is in 4° Sagittarius in the Eleventh House 

Mercury is in 19° Aquarius in the Second House 

Venus is in 8° Aquarius in the Second House 

Mars is in 23° Scorpio in the Eleventh House 

Jupiter is in 16° Gemini Retrograde in the Sixth House 

Saturn is in 9° Scorpio in the Tenth House 

Uranus is in 20° Cancer Retrograde in the Seventh House 

Neptune is in 26° Libra Retrograde in the Tenth House 

Pluto is in 24° Leo Retrograde in the Eighth House 

1 T Libra : 

14 c Scorpio TIL, 

13° Virgo TIP 

7 ,J Sagittarius / 

29" Sagittarius / 

Capricorn % 

5° Aquarius 

T Gemini TT 

13 C Pisces X 

14 r> Taurus tf 

1 7° Aries Y 

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\ Tow you have your computer birth chart. What 
-^ next? 

You will notice that a chart is made up of three 
components: Planets, Signs, and Houses. These are the 
three tools of a chart. Planets are the forces that act. Signs 
represent how the planets act. Houses represent where the 
planets act. 

To begin your interpretation, make a list of your plan- 
ets, signs, and houses. List your Sun, Moon, and planets in 
one column called Planets,* the signs in which they are 
found in a second column called In What Sign, and the 
houses in which they are found in a third column called In 
What House. 

At this point, you will find it useful to go back into 

chapter 8, "The Houses of Astrology," and read the de- 
scription for each of your planets now that you know in 
which houses they belong. 

For example, Oprah Winfrey has the Sun in her Second 
House. On page 303, we will read she needs security and 
attracts money that can go in and out of her life quickly. 
She gains through influential people, and her possessions 
tend to increase in value. She is generous, has great 
strength and persistence, but can be possessive and osten- 
tatious. As you read through the descriptions for the plan- 
ets in your particular houses, you should jot down some 
keywords next to the houses in the third column. For ex- 
ample, in Oprah's birth chart I would write down the fol- 

Sun Aquarius 


Second House 

Needs security. Attracts money that comes and goes quickly. 
Gains through influential people. Possessions increase in value. 
Strong, persistent, possessive. 

*For the sake of convenience, the Sun and Moon, which are luminaries, are referred to as Planets. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 323 

When you have finished going through all ten planets 
in their houses and made your notes, turn to chapter 7, 
"You and the Planets," and read the descriptions for the 

planets in the various signs that apply to you. This time, 
you should jot down notes in the second column. For ex- 
ample, in the above entry I would write the following: 


Sun Aquarius 

Intellectually independent. Enjoys ideas 
and learning. Friendly. A communicator, 
visionary and humanitarian. An idealist 
who searches for answers. Gift for 
dealing with all kinds of personalities. 
Likes to be contrary and different, can be 


Second House 

Go through this process for each of the ten planets in 
your chart, making notes in both the Signs column and the 
Houses column. When you are finished, look down your 
list. You will see that you have various pieces of informa- 
tion. You can put together these pieces of information to 
form an accurate description of the person. 

This is the beginning of the fine art of synthesis — of 
learning how to interpret a chart. It is not only fun but 
also will sharpen your observation of other people as well 
as your insights into yourself. The more you do it, the 
better you will become at it. 

324 • Understanding Astrology 

Sample Chart 

In Oprah Winfrey's birth chart, the list of Planets, Signs, and Houses would look something like this: 

Ascendant in Sagittarius 

Needs independence and freedom. Cannot bear to be stifled. Is progressive, restless in spirit, ready to accept new challenges. 
A humanitarian and idealist who cares deeply about injustice. A knack for making friends. Open to new ideas and enjoys ex- 
change of opinions. Honest, frank, impulsive, self-indulgent (food, money), and can make wrong choices in love. 






In Aquarius 

Intellectually independent. Enjoys ideas 
and learning. Friendly. A communicator, 
visionary and humanitarian. An idealist 
who searches for answers. Gift for dealing 
with all kinds of personalities. Likes to be 
contrary and different; can be 

In Sagittarius 

Adventurous, exuberant, open-minded 
and sincere. Has expansive outlook and 
breadth of vision. Loves higher learning. 
Envisions high goals and rushes forward 
to achieve them. Sense of humor; witty 
way with words. Has talent for 
salesmanship, great adaptability. Perceives 
the best in people. Needs personal space 
and independence. 

In Second House 

Needs security. Attracts money that comes and goes quickly. 
Gains through influential people. Possessions increase in value. 
Strong, persistent, possessive. 

In Eleventh House 

Social charm attracts admirers. Goals and friendships may 
change throughout lifetime. A flair for entertaining. Emotionally 
intuitive in dealing with people. May encounter unreliable 
friends or scandal. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 325 





In Aquarius 

In Second House 

Inquisitive, inventive, interested in people 

Able to earn money in writing, lecturing, any field of 

and their motivations. Is drawn to 

communications. Spends money on travel, education; has more 

philosophy, metaphysics, the future of 

than one source of income. Quick mind for financial 

mankind. Advanced ideas. Especially 

opportunity; can be impractical and vulnerable to trickery. 

suited for progressive professions, such as 

work in science and television. Can shock 



In Aquarius 

In Second House 

Helpful, charitable and giving. Kind and 

Prospers through social connections. Businesses with partners 

loving nature. Needs love relationship that 

are lucrative. Generous, fair, attracts money though beautiful 

allows freedom to explore her interests, 

things (fashion, decorating). Often extravagant and has lack of 

hobbies, new people, and many 

willpower in spending habits. 

friendships. Is immensely popular, but 

tends to direct personal magnetism 

toward larger concerns than mere 

romance. Will realize her dreams, often 

later in life. 


In Scorpio 

In Eleventh House 

Hard-driving and resourceful. Has great 

A leader in her circle; actively involved with friends, groups and 

persistence, relentlessness, intensity and 

causes. Involvements with people based on helping each other. 

determination. Disciplined efforts are 

Responsible toward others. Has definite goals she energetically 

directed toward a purpose. A powerful 

pursues. Can be quarrelsome or argumentative. 

creative drive, as well as sexual drive. 

Attracted to danger or issues around 

death. Able to move audiences. 


In Gemini 

In Sixth House 

Adventurous attitude; knack for finding 

Loyal, dependable, has success working with associates. Personal 

advantageous situations. Moneymaking 

fulfillment and financial gain being of service. Finds work with 

opportunities come through friends and 

opportunity for travel and expansion. Has weakness for good 

contacts. Best success in intellectual areas, 

food; tends to gain weight and possible health problems because 

such as teaching, lecturing, and profits 

of overindulgence. 

financially in communications 

(publishing, TV reporting, commentating, 

acting). Versatile, clever, makes name in 

more than one profession. 


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In Scorpio 

In Tenth House 

Strong will. Has subtlety, force, and 

Self-reliant, ambitious, disciplined and responsible. Has stamina 

dominating strength under a genial 

and perseverance to attain ambitions. Achieves success. Will 

exterior. Understands human motivation. 

reach high position, though it may be a lonely place. Is 

Executive ability; unswerving commitment 

susceptible to discredit. 

to goals. Obstacles in her path in the form 

of emotional difficulties and scandal. 

Secret love affair may bring sorrow or 

trouble. Liable to suffer loss of loved ones 

early in life. 


In Cancer 

In Seventh House 

Heightened sensitivity to others. Insight 

Drawn to unusual people; partnerships or marriage may come 

comes through sudden and unexpected 

about suddenly. Element of the unusual in a marriage-like 

feelings. Intuitions can be trusted. Highly 

relationship; may be broken quickly, or be in relationship 

developed imagination. Opportunity 

without marriage. Achieves goals through partnerships. Need for 

comes through chance encounters and 

independence may cause disruption to marriage or marriage 

intervention of other people. Has artistic 


temperament; can be eccentric and 



In Libra 

In Tenth House 

Emphasizes idealism and love; a belief in 

High aspirations. Idealistic and spiritual outlook. Creative talent. 

brotherly love and resistance to inequity. 

An unusual profession; imagination and intuition are helpful 

Deeply bothered by injustice in the world. 

tools in career. May run into confusion going in too many 

Possesses a magnetic attraction; can have 

directions at once. 

unrealistic or unconventional view of 



In Leo 

In Eighth House 

A love of power, domineering personality, 

Dominant and passionate in feelings. Strong drive toward 

strong pride and will to prevail despite 

achievement. A need to analyze. Will move through some kind 

obstacles. Can be arrogant and pleasure- 

of ending or death (or death-like experience) and create new 

seeking. Tends to hero-worship 


personalities in the media. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 327 

The most prominent theme in Oprah's birth chart is 
the power to achieve. Again and again, her planets and 
their placements speak of persistence, drive, determina- 
tion, and making the most of opportunity. Certainly, she 
has needed this in a life that reads like a soap opera. She is 
black, a female, an illegitimate child born in extreme 
poverty in an area of the United States known for its 
racism and segregation. In earliest childhood Oprah was 
raised by her maternal grandmother (who took in laun- 
dry) on a farm that had no indoor plumbing. As a child 
she had no shoes or toys, no TV, telephone or store- 
bought clothes, and only the food that was grown on the 
farm. Yet she has become one of the most wealthy, influ- 
ential, instantly recognizable women in the world. 

Oprah's Sun sign is Aquarius, and she has Mercury and 
Venus also in Aquarius with Venus in almost exact con- 
junction to her Sun. Thus the Aquarian qualities of reach- 
ing out to a larger life, a belief in learning and ideas, and 
having humanitarian ideals are triply emphasized. Her 
Sun-Venus conjunction shows enormous likeability — 
Oprah has warmth and genuineness, and seems to speak 
from the heart. Aquarius is noted for intellectualism, evi- 
dent in everything Oprah has done in her career in TV, 
film, magazines and the media. Yet Venus being joined to 
her Sun says that love is a strong theme — her love of 
learning, finding out about people, her humanitarian ef- 
forts, her love of performing, and especially the way her 
audiences love her. 

She does have Mercury (planet of communication and 
thinking-processes) in Aquarius, which denotes an inde- 
pendent, inquiring mind, someone interested in a wide 
range of subjects and who is a brilliant communicator. 
Her love of ideas and gift for communicating are also un- 

derlined by Jupiter (planet of luck and blessings) in Gem- 
ini, the sign of communication. As a very young child 
Oprah was taught to read by her grandmother, and Oprah 
has said books became the most profound influence in her 
life. "When I didn't have friends I had books, and books 
opened a window to a world full of possibilities" — a state- 
ment that embodies her Moon in Sagittarius (the sign of 
possibilities) and her expansive Jupiter in Gemini (the sign 
of writing and ideas). By the time she was three, Oprah 
was memorizing and performing dramatic readings in 
front of the congregation in her church; the church ladies 
called her the "talkingest child" and a "champion speaker." 

Oprah has been successful in numerous career venues — 
TV, movies, book and magazine publishing, theater — but all 
of them revolve around communication. From her start as a 
talk-show host in 1984 in Chicago, Oprah's shows have won 
a phenomenal following; currently The Oprah Winfrey Show 
is seen in 122 countries. Oprah's Book Club has become one 
of the most powerful tools in the world to promulgate read- 
ing, not to mention create overnight bestsellers. In 2000 
Oprah launched a magazine, called O, which (like her other 
projects in the field of communication) became an immedi- 
ate and huge success. The magazine concentrates on inspi- 
rational and self-help articles designed, in Oprah's words, 
"to help readers live their best life" (Sun in Aquarius, Moon 
in Sagittarius). Some critics have called Oprah — and her TV 
show and magazine — preachy, self-indulgent, New Agey, 
and egotistic. Interestingly, these are some of the negative 
qualities of Aquarius (where Oprah has her Sun, Mercury, 
and Venus). 

From the beginning, Oprah's upward climb and the 
"finding of herself" can be traced to her love of communi- 
cating. It also helps that she has benefited from others' 

328 • Understanding Astrology 

opening a door, a chance to try, and especially a willing- 
ness to leap into the lion's den of situations she knew 
nothing about. When she was in high school she joined 
the debating team, made the honor list, was elected presi- 
dent of the student body, appeared in school plays, was a 
prominent speaker in her church. In her senior year, she 
was voted Most Popular and won a scholarship to college. 
She also snagged a part-time job reading news stories on a 
small local radio. This, in turn, lead to her doing a five- 
minute spot on TV when she was a sophomore in college. 

Her career is marked by a pattern in which she was 
recognized as a natural on air and offered opportunities 
(first as a newscaster, then as interviewer) that she 
snatched up and made good at. Step by extraordinary step, 
Oprah would find her niche and turn a small success into 
a bigger one. The Saturn-in-Scorpio themes of persist- 
ence, jumping into a scary place, not giving up, are re- 
peated. In those early years she was described as a "warm, 
bubbly personality who could get people to open up" and 
a "universal woman" (apt descriptions for the Sun, Mer- 
cury and Venus in Aquarius, Jupiter in Gemini, an Ascen- 
dant and Moon in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Libra in 
the 10th House). 

One of the most interesting parts of a chart is the 
"dark side" — and another theme in Oprah's horoscope is 
struggle, pain, separation, and death (in both a literal and 
figurative manner). Pluto (planet of darkness and transi- 
tion, as well as power and profound experiences) is in her 
Eighth House of Sex, Death (or death-like experiences), 
Endings and Rebirthing. Oprah has spoken of the sexual 
abuse she suffered starting when she was nine. The abuse, 
by an older male cousin and later an uncle, went on for 
years, and Oprah hid this terrible secret. When she was 14 

Oprah became pregnant, a fact she hid from her father 
and his wife, and gave birth to a premature baby who died 
two weeks later (Saturn in Scorpio, Pluto in the 8th 
House). In her teens, Oprah took a self-destructive path of 
sexual promiscuity, experimentation with drugs, lying, 
running away from home. Her mother was about to place 
her in a home for wayward girls, but the home had no im- 
mediate room for her. Oprah remembers thinking at the 
time, "I am a smart girl. How did I get here?" She was sent 
back to live with her father, and at that point Oprah's es- 
sential belief in herself (Sun in Aquarius), and her deter- 
mination (Mars and Saturn in Scorpio), took hold and she 
turned her young life around. 

Oprah's childhood, home and family life are marked 
by disruption and conflict (Aries, sign of independence as 
well as conflict is on the cusp of Oprah's 4th House of 
Home and Childhood). She was first raised by her grand- 
mother because her 18-year-old mother could not care for 
her. At the age of six, Oprah was sent to live with her 
mother, who over the next several years had two more 
out-of-wedlock children (half-siblings to Oprah). At eight, 
Oprah was sent to her father, Vernon, and his wife. 
Throughout her teens Oprah was shunted back and forth 
between her mother and father, which resulted not only in 
a lack of emotional security but in conflict in parental ex- 
pectations. Her mother, gone much of the time and work- 
ing long hours, did not care for Oprah's "book learning," 
whereas her father was adamant about education and dis- 
cipline. In her horoscope, Oprah's Moon (an indicator of 
one's relationship to mother) is in the sign of Sagittarius, 
which points to distance and space to her mother. Oprah's 
Saturn (an indicator of relationship to father) is in Scor- 
pio, which shows a far more intense connection to a 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 329 

strong, controlling figure. In Oprah's life, her father's con- 
trol was a key element in her "rescue" as a young teenager. 

In her open Aquarius-Sagittarius fashion, Oprah has 
shared, on-air and in her magazine, about her personal 
demons — her shame and guilt about her hidden sexual 
abuse, her early history with men who treated her badly, 
her weight problems, and struggle to love herself. She has 
said much of the pain she has experienced was the result 
of worrying about what people would think of her. 

Another theme in Oprah's chart is money. The public's 
perception of Oprah centers on her superstardom, media 
presence, power, influence, the humanitarian work. Yet her 
chart definitely outlines major money. Three planets (Sun, 
Mercury, and Venus) in her House of Money, plus Pluto, 
Neptune and Saturn in Houses that relate to money, show 
an overwhelming theme of financial gain. Indeed, Oprah 
is a billionaire (she became a millionaire at 30 when she 
made a syndication deal for her Chicago TV talk show) . 
Interestingly she does not spend her wealth only on her- 

self, her real estate holdings, etc. She has created two huge 
charities, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and the Angel 
Network, to which she has given more than $60 million of 
her own money and raised millions more. Her humanitar- 
ian work (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Aquarius, Moon in 
Sagittarius, Neptune in 10th House, Moon and Mars in 
11th House) has aided lives around the world, contributed 
to schools, libraries, hospitals, established educational and 
health centers in South Africa for poor children, and 
helped to change laws in this country (the Oprah Bill 
signed into law in 1993 tracks convicted child abusers). 

Oprah says, "You become what you believe — not what 
you wish or want but what you truly believe." So it would 
seem that with her Sun in Aquarius, and Moon and Ascen- 
dant in Sagittarius, she truly did believe she was special 
(she told this to her teacher in kindergarten) and she was 
going to "fly all over this world" (said to her mother when 
she was eight) . 

330 • Understanding Astrology 

Other Things to Look for in a Chart 

The Elements Formula 

There are ten planets in a chart (remember that the 
Sun and Moon are referred to as planets), and each planet 
is in a sign. The astrological signs fall into four basic 
groups called elements. The elements are fire, earth, air, 
and water. 

Fire Signs 
Earth Signs 
Air Signs 
Water Signs 

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius 
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn 
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius 
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces 

What do the four elements mean in a chart? 






Energetic. Active. Enthusiastic. Passionate. A need to express oneself. Impulsive. Takes the 

initiative. Outgoing. Tends to be extroverted. 

Practical. Stable. Places importance on security. Patient. Industrious. Strong-willed. Able to 

apply oneself toward long-range goal. 

Communicative. Intelligent. Likes to deal on a mental plane. Quickly grasps ideas. Can 

speak or write effectively. Takes a rational viewpoint. 

Emotional. Intuitive. Sensitive to surroundings and to other people. Creative. Good powers 

of imagination. Empathetic. A person of hidden depths. 

One of the things to look for in a chart is which ele- 
ments are dominant and which are weak or lacking. Is 
there more earth than fire? Does this chart accent water 
more than air? Does one element dominate or is one ele- 
ment missing? Is this chart evenly balanced among all four 

To come up with the answer, you must calculate the 
Elements Formula in your chart. This is extremely simple 
to do. You just count the number of planets that are in fire 
signs, in earth signs, in water signs, and in air signs. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 331 

Calculate the Elements Formula for your chart. Now 
note which elements are most stressed, which elements 
are least stressed, and which are not present at all. 

If a chart is deficient in fire — The subject is likely to 
have difficulty putting ideas into action. He or she 
does not tend to promote himself or herself aggres- 
sively, and may wait to be motivated by outward cir- 
cumstances and other people. 
If a chart is deficient in earth — The subject is likely 
to be impractical and may have trouble holding on 
to money. He or she often lacks the ability to work 
hard and tends to grow impatient if the results of 
effort are too long in coming. 

If a chart is deficient in air — The subject is likely to 
have difficulty expressing exactly what he or she 
means to say. There may be misunderstandings or 
crossed wires in communicating. He or she is proba- 
bly not too interested in abstract ideas or intellectual 

If a chart is deficient in water — The subject likely 
does not have a lot of sensitivity to other people's 
feelings. He or she may be self-oriented or selfish. 
Also he or she may have difficulty expressing emo- 
tion and may keep feelings bottled up. 

The Elements Formula is a simple but useful device for 
seeing the overall picture of a personality at a glance. 


Let us add up the elements in Oprah Winfrey's birth chart. 
There are: 

2 planets in fire signs planets in earth signs 
5 planets in air signs 3 planets in water signs 

Her chart therefore has the following Elements Formula: 

Fire 2 Earth Air 5 Water 3 

(Since every chart contains ten planets, the Formula must 
always add up to 10. Some leading astrologers, like Charles 
layne, suggest that the Sun and Moon be given double 
weight because they are such important influences in your 
horoscope. If you do that, the Sun would count for 2, the 
Moon would count for 2, and the rest of the planets would 
be 1 each. The total would therefore be 12.) 

Oprah's chart is heavily weighted toward Air (com- 
munication, intelligence, an idea-person, speaks effectively), 
with a secondary emphasis on Water (emotion, intuition, 
sensitivity and empathy to others). She also has two planets, 
one of them the powerful Moon, in Fire, which points to her 
energy, emotional courage, enthusiasm and need to express 
herself. She has no planets in Earth, showing that she is far less 
directed toward finding security than in exploring new ideas. 
Her chart says her work in the world is her true "stable home." 

If the Sun and Moon are given double weight, the Elements 
Formula looks like this: 

Fire 3 Earth Air 6 Water 3 

With this formula, Oprah's chart is still overwhelmingly 
weighted toward Air, with a secondary emphasis on Water and 

332 • Understanding Astrology 

The Qualities Formula 

Just as you look at a chart to determine what elements 
are dominant, you should study a chart to see which 
"qualities" are prominent. 

The astrological signs fall into three groups of Quali- 
ties. They are Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. 

What do these four qualities mean in a chart? 

In the same way that you arrived at an Elements For- 
mula for your chart, count up the planets in the chart that 
are in Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable signs and write down 
the Qualities Formula. 

Cardinal Signs 
Fixed Signs 
Mutable Signs 

Aries, Cancer, Libra, 


Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, 


Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, 




CARDINAL Open to change. Emphasis on action. Tries to change environment. Projects self onto surroundings. 
FIXED Resistant to change. Single-minded in pursuits. Not easily swayed. Tries to mold environment 

to the will. 
MUTABLE Changeable and flexible. Mentally explorative. Emphasis on intellectual activity. Adaptable 

to environment. 

If a chart is weighted with the Cardinal quality — The 
subject is likely to be restless, impatient, or domineering. If 
a chart has too little of the Cardinal quality, the subject 
may lack initiative. 

If a chart is weighted with the Fixed quality — The sub- 
ject is likely to be stubborn, rigid, tyrannical, or afraid of 

change in life. If a chart has too little of the Fixed quality, 
the subject may have little endurance or stability. 

If a chart is weighted with the Mutable quality — The 
subject is likely to be vacillating, unreliable, or unable to 
accept responsibility. If a chart has too little of the Muta- 
ble quality, the subject may lack adaptability. 


How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope 




For example, in Oprah Winfrey's birth chart there are: turns her force into those quests. She has an equal secondary 

emphasis (two planets apiece) on the Cardinal and Mutable 
2 planets in Cardinal signs qualities, meaning she is also open to change, an initiator, 
6 planets in Fixed signs likes to explore mentally, and can go with the flow. 
2 planets in Mutable signs If the Sun and Moon are given double weight, the Qualities 

Formula looks like this: 

Therefore, the Qualities Formula is: 

Cardinal 2 

Cardinal 2 Fixed 7 
Fixed 6 Mutable 3 

Mutable 2 

The emphasis is still overwhelmingly on the Fixed quality, 

Here we find a heavy emphasis on Fixed (single-minded in underlining Oprah's persistence and stubbornness. Her 
pursuits; tries to mold environment to her will). She is Mutable quality (of mental exploration) is now ahead of the 
strongly directed toward what she wants to make happen and Cardinal quality. 

What Chart Type Are You? 

his interesting personality guide was devised by the well-known American astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 
his book The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation. Jones formulated seven distinct personality types based entirely on the 
Pattern that the planets form in a chart. 

In this chart analysis, you look only at the picture of the chart. To begin, draw a blank horoscope circle and divide it 
into twelve sections. Now, referring to your birth chart, place a large dot (one for each planet) in the section of the horo- 
scope in which each planet appears. There should be ten dots in all. 

334 • Understanding Astrology 

For example, Oprah Winfrey's birth chart, which looks 
like this: 

has a pattern that looks like this: 



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Study your pattern, and match it up to one of the fol- 
lowing seven types: 

Ths Splash 

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In this chart the planets occupy as many signs as possi- 
ble, scattered all over the twelve sections. This type of per- 
son has a great many interests in life, studies or reads 
about a wide variety of topics, and may be proficient in a 
number of areas. The problem is that sometimes the 
Splash type scatters his or her energies. 

The Splay 

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This chart is similar to the Splash, but the key differ- 
ence is that there is at least one stellium in the chart. (A 
stellium is a grouping of three or more planets in one 
sign.) A Splay person is very individual and refuses to be 
regimented by other people's rules or conventions. He or 
she tends to have unusual tastes and interests and will fol- 
low those dictates and no one else's. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 335 

The Bundle 

In this chart the planets are closely grouped together in 
very few signs. In addition, the signs must all be consecu- 
tive. This is the rarest pattern of all seven types. Here, the 
individual is a specialist — someone whose work or inter- 
ests revolve around one concern or point of view. Bundle 
types do best applying themselves to one subject and be- 
coming expert at it. 

The Locomotive 

This pattern is easy to spot because it looks something 
like a train. The planets range over a large number of 
signs, and all the signs are consecutive. The locomotive 
(which is the planet that leads the others in a clockwise 

position) is usually dominant in the chart, and this seg- 
ment of the chart is one of the strongest houses. Locomo- 
tive people attack problems with drive and energy, and 
have a great many resources. The dominant planet and 
house usually give an indication of what area the person is 
strong in. 

The Bowl 

In this chart all ten planets fall within six consecutive 
signs, which gives the pattern the half-circle look of a 
bowl. The Bowl type tends to be thoughtful and self-con- 
tained; these people learn and profit from their experi- 
ences in life. They have particularly forceful personalities if 
the bowl is entirely in the top half or the bottom half of 
the horoscope circle, or is entirely on the left-hand side (as 
pictured) or the right-hand side of the horoscope circle. 

336 • Understanding Astrology 

The Bucket 

The See-Saw 

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/ \ w 

■ / \ •/ 

In this chart eight or nine planets fill one-half of the 
horoscope circle, and the remaining planet (or two planets 
together) is in the opposite half of the circle. This tenth 
planet forms the handle of the Bucket, and is called the 
Singleton. Bucket people tend to have a single-minded 
drive toward achieving a goal. They marshal their energies 
in one direction. Often the Singleton planet indicates the 
goal or direction that the Bucket type pursues. 

\ / \ */ 

X / \ •-- 

This chart has a number of planets on one side of the 
horoscope circle in consecutive signs, and a number of 
planets on the opposite side of the circle in consecutive 
signs. In between the two populated sides of the circle are 
empty spaces. There must be at least two empty signs on 
either side of the seesaw. Seesaw personalities are always 
able to see two sides of a question. They take into consid- 
eration opposing viewpoints and opinions, and weigh 
these when making their decisions. As one astrologer put 
it, they "see life through a contrasting set of windows." 


The birth chart of Oprah Winfrey (page 335) most closely resembles the Splay pattern. She is a highly individual person who even 
as a child stood out from others; she has definitely directed herself toward her unusual interests, tastes and projects. Her chart also 
bears a secondary resemblance to the Bucket pattern — but in her case the Singleton (the "handle") is not one but three planets in 
Aquarius. Thus her goal-oriented, single-minded drive is triply emphasized, and her direction is toward Aquarian pursuits of 
knowledge, new ideas and humanitarian concerns. 

Studying the patterns of different charts is both fun and informative. With a bit of practice you'll soon be able to tell at a glance 
what type is pictured is in a birth chart. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 337 

When looking at the pattern that the planets form in a birth chart, another thing to consider is where the plan- 
ets appear in the horoscope circle. The various parts of the horoscope circle all have specific meanings. 
To make this chart analysis, all you will need is your horoscope circle that has the large dots (representing the planets 
in the chart). Study the layout of the dots in your horoscope, and note which parts of the circle contain the most dots. 
To begin with, the horoscope circle is divided into halves. There are four halves in the circle — the left half, the right 
half, the top half, and the bottom half. 

The left half of the circle, called the eastern hemi- 
sphere* represents a person's impact on the world. The 
keyword for people who have many planets on this side of 
the horoscope is that they mold circumstances. These peo- 
ple are able to stamp their environment with the imprint 
of their own personalities. 

The right half of the circle, called the western hemi- 
sphere, represents the impact of the world on a person. 
The keyword for people who have many planets in this 

half of the horoscope is that they are molded by circum- 
stances. These people are influenced by their surroundings 
and by the people in their lives; each experience becomes a 
part of their personality. 

The top half of the circle, called the southern hemi- 
sphere, emphasizes social and public life. The keyword for 
this half of the horoscope is outer aim. People with many 
planets in this top half of the horoscope tend to be ori- 
ented toward career or professional life. They are usually 
involved with the community or the world at large; the 
approval of the public gives them satisfaction. 

*You will notice that in a horoscope east, west, north, and south are exactly opposite to a geographical map. The reason is that as a horoscoper you 
are looking upward at the heavens whereas a mapmaker is looking downward to the earth 

338 • Understanding Astrology 

The bottom half of the circle, called the northern hemi- 
sphere, emphasizes self and family. The keyword for this 

half of the horoscope is inner aim. People with a majority 
of planets in this hemisphere are primarily interested in 
personal pursuits and pleasures, inner goals and satisfac- 
tions. This does not mean they don't achieve in life; it 
means their primary motivation for achievement is to sat- 
isfy themselves. 


In Oprah Winfrey's birth chart, the left hemisphere has a marked preponderance of planets, seven, while the 
right hemisphere has only three — a clear indication that she molds circumstances to her liking. When 
confronted by obstacles, she takes immediate action to change the situation rather than allow her 
environment to shape her. She also has the force to seize opportunity and mold it into what she wants 
to make happen. 

Oprah's chart has six planets in the top hemisphere (outer aim), and four planets in the bottom 
hemisphere (inner aim). She is oriented toward public life, professional success, and making her mark in 
a larger world and gaining public approval. However, she does have four planets in the bottom hemisphere, 
not an insignificant number, which shows introspection and great satisfaction in achieving her inner goals. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope 



here is another way in which the horoscope is 
divided. It is divided into quarters. 

The first quarter of the horoscope consists of Houses 
One, Two, and Three. People having many planets in this 
quarter are highly individual and have strong personali- 
ties. They are primarily self-assertive and self-motivated. 
In their early lives they usually develop the character that 
will make a mark on the world later in their lives. 

The second quarter of the horoscope consists of 
Houses Four, Five, and Six. Those who have many planets 
in this quarter are relationship-oriented. They need com- 
panionship in their lives to feel satisfaction and harmony. 
In their early lives they usually develop an instinct for 
dealing successfully with other people; their associations 
are likely to bring them contentment later in their lives. 

The third quarter of the horoscope consists of Houses 
Seven, Eight, and Nine. People who have many planets in 
this quarter are outer-directed and ambitious, but need the 
cooperation of others to achieve their goals. They are 
adaptable to a wide variety of situations and people. In 
their early lives, they usually develop an instinct for coop- 
eration and diplomacy; their relationships are likely to 
bring them success in their careers. 

The fourth quarter of the horoscope consists of Houses 
Ten, Eleven, and Twelve. People with many planets in this 
quarter are the most independent and ambitious of all. 
They make their own way in life, and gain through their 
own efforts rather than those of other people. In early life 
they usually learn to depend on themselves; their self- 
sufficiency is likely to bring them success later in life. 


Oprah Winfrey has four planets in the fourth quarter of her horoscope, and three planets in first quarter. A 
strong fourth quarter shows independence and great ambition; she is self-directed and from an early age de- 
pended on her own hard work and determination. Oprah's first quarter contains three planets (in close conjunc- 
tion), underlining again the theme of a strong and highly individual person who is motivated and self-assertive. 

340 • Understanding Astrology 

What Is the Ruling Planet of Your Chart? 

Every chart has a ruling planet, which is easy to discover. 
Simply look at the sign that represents your First House. 
The planet that naturally rules this sign in the zodiac is 
the ruling planet of your chart. For example, if Virgo is 
your First House, the ruling planet of your chart is Mer- 
cury. If Sagittarius is your First House, the ruling planet of 
your chart is Jupiter. 

Now carefully note in what sign and in what house 
your ruling planet appears in your chart. Its position has 
great influence in your life and to a large extent colors 
your personality. 

Be sure to find your ruling planet and check its posi- 
tion in your chart. This is an important clue when inter- 
preting a horoscope. 



Oprah Winfrey's First House is Sagittarius, and therefore the ruling planet of her chart is Jupiter. This planet of expansion and freedom is 
evident in her independent persona and need to express herself. She loves to explore and wants to "fly" (her wish when she was eight). 
Jupiter is the planet of luck; Oprah has always benefited from being in the right place at the right time and others giving her a chance to 
perform — the happy "accident" of others recognizing her talent and offering her opportunity to use it. Oprah's Jupiter is in Gemini, sign 
of communicating and dealing with people, and in the Sixth House of utilizing one's skills, focusing on getting the job done, and serving 
the world — exactly the trajectory of her career. The Sixth House also speaks of digestion and utilization of food, and Jupiter here points to 
issues around weight gain. 

Special Note: Now and again, a birth chart will have Houses that contain "intercepted" signs. This means an entire sign is totally con- 
tained within the doorways of one House (a phenomenon based on the longitude and latitude of the birthplace). Oprah's First House 
contains an intercepted sign. The First House begins with 29 degrees Sagittarius, then Capricorn is completely contained within the 
House, and the House ends with Aquarius. Because houses that lie opposite each other mirror each other, Oprah's Seventh House also 
contains an intercepted sign, Cancer (the opposite sign to Capricorn). Houses with an intercepted sign speak of complexity; these signs 
are said to have "difficulty getting out." The native of the chart must work extra hard to express these signs. Capricorn in Oprah's First 
House shows a drive to control, to ascend to authority, and certainly executive ability. Capricorn's ruler is Saturn, planet of discipline and 
hard work — and in certain respects, Saturn is the subruler of Oprah's chart. Certainly her capacity for hard work, her driving passion, and 
the obstacles she has had to overcome (personally and professionally) demonstrate the force of Saturn in her First House. In her Seventh 
House, Oprah's intercepted Cancer shows that her nurturing instinct has revealed itself more in her work than in marriage or mother- 
hood. Having Uranus (planet of uniqueness) here in Cancer also points to Oprah's "unusualness" in this respect. 

What Is the Ruler of Your Sun? 

In a chart, the planet that rules the Sun sign has great sig- 
nificance. This planet (called the dispositor of the Sun) 
strengthens the power of the Sun in your chart. 

If, for example, your Sun sign were Libra, you would 

study the position of Venus (the ruler of Libra) to see how 
it influences you. 

It is useful to study the planet that rules your Sun and 
to see its influence in your chart. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 341 



In Oprah Winfrey's chart, the Sun sign is Aquarius and therefore the dispositor (ruler) of the Sun is Uranus. Oprah's Uranus is in 
her Seventh House (of Partnerships & Marriage or marriage-like relationships). Uranus is the fascinating planet of being different, 
not bound to rules, of having a free spirit and special genius. It speaks of out-of-the-blue events and a disruptive, sudden breaking 
apart. Oprah's teenage pregnancy that ended in the death of her baby was a breaking apart of motherhood (a Cancerian instinct). 
Oprah's love relationships have not ended in marriage; an early affair with a married man caused her enough grief to contemplate 
suicide. Oprah's 20-year "marriage-like" relationship to Stedman Graham has still not resulted in a legal marriage. Oprah's Uranus 
points instead to her love of education, her special talent for connecting to people from all walks of life, and her caring humani- 
tarian efforts poured into the world. Her latest TV show, Oprah's Big Give, has contestants giving out bundles of money to 
strangers in need. 

What Is the Ruler of Your Moon? 

Just as you looked at the ruler of your Sun sign in your 
chart, you should study the planet that is the ruler of your 
Moon sign. If, for example, your Moon were in Aries, the 
planet Mars (which rules Aries) would be important in 
your chart. 

The Moon, as you remember, gives an indication of 
your emotional life, of the hidden currents in your per- 

sonality. The position of the ruler of the Moon in your 
chart underlines the kind of emotional impact you have or 

Be sure to look at the ruler of your Moon sign. You will 
find it interesting to figure out how this planet motivates 



In Oprah Winfrey's birth chart, the Moon sign is Sagittarius, and therefore the ruler of the Moon is Jupiter. Jupiter is also the ruler 
of Oprah's chart (see page 341), which doubly underlines Jupiter's expansive power. The Moon denotes the emotional impact one 
has on others, and Oprah's TV talk shows and acting work are filled with emotion. She connects to people and sheds tears on-air 
with them as they tell their life stories. Her magazine accents believing in one's gut instincts, trusting one's own feelings of what is 
right. Larger-than-life Jupiter is reflected in the incredible numbers of people around the world who hear her inspirational 
messages, watch her shows, and are recipients of her charitable work. 


Understanding Astrology 

The Four Power Points in Your Chart 

The first things an astrologer examines in a chart are the 
four Angles of a horoscope. These four Angles are the 
most important points in a chart; they indicate power, 
strength, and activity. In astrology, they are sometimes 
called wide-open doors, because planets here can act freely 
and unimpeded. 

The four Angles (Power Points) of a horoscope are: 


1 . the Ascendant. 

Dei endani 

2. the Descendant. 

Nadir (I.C.) 
3. the Nadir (also called the Imum Coeli, the Latin 
word for "lowest part of the heavens"; often written on 
charts as I.C). 

Midheav-sn (M.C.i 

4. the Midheaven (also called the Medium Coeli, the 
Latin word for "middle of the heavens"; often written on 
charts as M.C.). 



The line in a horoscope connecting the Ascendant and 
Descendant is called the Horizon. 



The line in a horoscope connecting the Nadir and the 
Midheaven is called the Meridian. 

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Cusp of 151 house 

Cusp of 1 Dth house 

In a chart, the line of the Ascendant marks the cusp 
of the First House. 

Cusp ot 4th house 

The line of the Nadir marks the cusp of the Fourth 

Cusp of ?th house 

The line of the Descendant marks the cusp of the 
Seventh House. 

The line of the Midheaven marks the cusp of the Tenth 

Planets are extremely forceful in your chart if they 
are on or near the cusps of the First, Fourth, Seventh, 
or Tenth Houses (called Angular Houses). Indeed, any 
planets in these four houses are prominent and powerful. 

Planets at the Ascendant or in the First House represent 
strength of character and personality — the power of a per- 
son's self. 

On the opposite side of the horoscope, planets at the 
Descendant or in the Seventh House represent strength 
through relationships, partnerships, and marriage — the 
channeling of power in tandem with another person. 

Planets at the Nadir or in the Fourth House represent 
strength through a person's beginnings — what he or she inher- 
its from previous generations. The Fourth House is a mystical 
House, and therefore planets here indicate the subconscious 
motivation behind a person's actions. Planets in this House 
also give an indication of what the latter part of life will be like. 

The opposite side of the Nadir is the Midheaven. Plan- 
ets at the Midheaven or in the Tenth House represent 
strength in the public or outer world — the world of ambi- 
tion and status. Planets in the Tenth House indicate the 
conscious motivation behind a person's actions. 

Check the four power points in your chart to find out what 
are the most active and prominent planets in your horoscope. 

344 • Understanding Astrology 


In Oprah Winfrey's chart, her Midheaven (the Fourth Angle Tenth House) is occupied by two planets, 
Neptune and Saturn. Also, her Descendant (the Third Angle Seventh House) contains a planet. 

At her Midheaven Oprah's first planet is Neptune, which represents imagination, deep creativity, going 
for the dream, a desire to put ideals into action, and exerting a fascination on others. The Tenth House is the 
House of Career, and the force of her Neptune in Libra (sign of affectionate relationships and equality) points to 
her ability to fascinate the public and build a strong career based on her Utopian principles. 

The second planet at her Midheaven is Saturn, representing drive, discipline, concerted effort and ability to push throu 
obstacles. Saturn is in Scorpio, sign of resilience, relentlessness, and profound power to control. These qualities of Saturn 
Scorpio also define aspects of Oprah's career life. 

The other Power Point occupied by a planet is the Descendant — with Uranus in Oprah's Seventh House 
of relationships and partnerships. Uranus, planet of genius and unusualness, shows a marked propensity 
for long-standing relationships of loyalty that serve her well, personally and in her work. Uranus in the 
Seventh also underlines being drawn to powerful and unusual people who open opportunity and to forming 
a dynamic relationship with the public. 

and of 


Have You Any Planets in Their Dominion? 

Each planet in astrology has a sign that it naturally rules — 
for example, Mars rules the sign of Aries. If, in your chart, 
a planet is in its home sign (in its dominion), its power is 
strong and it is able to express its qualities most purely. 
For example, Mars is very active, assertive, and energetic 
when it is in its home sign of Aries. 

If you have a planet (or more) in its dominion in your 
chart, study that planet's power and also take into account 
the House that it occupies. Ask yourself, What kind of 
power does this planet possess and what house is it in? 

The reason for these two questions is that a planet in its 
own sign has the strength to advance the affairs of the 
specific house it is in. 

For example, suppose that in your chart Jupiter (planet 
of luck) were in Sagittarius (the sign that Jupiter rules and 
the sign of higher learning) and in your Second House (the 
House of Wealth). You would be likely to earn a very com- 
fortable living and have an easy time financially doing work 
that involved your higher intellectual faculties, such as in 
the professions of law, publishing, teaching, or writing. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope 



In Oprah Winfrey's chart, no planets are in their dominion. 


Have You Any Planets in Mutual Reception' 

Two planets are in mutual reception when each one occu- 
pies the sign that the other one rules. You might think of 
it as two planets visiting each other's home. For example, 
if in your chart Venus is in Sagittarius (ruled by Jupiter) 
and Jupiter is in Libra (ruled by Venus), Venus and Jupiter 
are in mutual reception. 

This is a very positive position for two planets to be in, 
for each one strengthens the power of the other. They will 
work in cooperation with each other, each one emphasiz- 
ing the effect of the other planet. 

Analyze your chart to see if there are any planets in 
mutual reception. They augur strength and luck in a chart. 


In Oprah Winfrey's chart, no planets are in mutual reception. 


346 • Understanding Astrology 

Your birth chart contains two Lunar Nodes (the North Node Q and South Node £3)- These are not planets but a 
pair of points that speak of positive qualities you need to develop and negative qualities to release. In classical astrol- 
ogy, the North Node was called the Dragon's Head and the South Node the Dragon's Tail, symbolizing a celestial Dragon. A 
person entered life "head first" carrying positive qualities to work with, and trailing a "tail" of negative qualities to dispense 
with. In your computer chart, only the North Node appears (shown as Q); it denotes qualities to expand, gifts to use, your 
life purpose, and tasks to be mastered. Your South Node, located in the House opposite to your North Node, shows nega- 
tive behavior to release and destructive patterns to let go of. 

The following list delineates what the placement of your Nodes mean: 

North Node in First House 

Courageous, plucky, having true grit and initiative, popular, sponta- 
neous, full of energy, vivacious, charismatic. 

South Node in Seventh House 

Indecisive, calculating, lacks backbone, tries too hard to please, su- 
perficial in relationships, sees partner as rival. 

North Node in Second House 

Decisive, persevering, practical, stable, responsible, offers security to 
others, a talent for financial gain. 

South Node in Eighth House 

Manipulative, over-controlling, scheming, subject to extremes of 
emotion, chasing after the forbidden, sexual misbehavior. 

North Node in Third House 

Curious, imaginative, communicative, intelligent, quickwitted, cheer- 
ful, skilled in handling people, good verbal expression. 

South Node in Ninth House 

Conceited thinker, moral superiority, arrogance, insincerity, cannot 
admit weakness. 

North Node in Fourth House 

Emotionally strong, loyal, nurturing, family oriented and home-lov- 
ing, deep understanding of others' feelings. 

South Node in Tenth House 

Stingy, withdrawn, gruff, a grumbler, egotistical, pushy, power-hun- 
gry, greedy for success, ruthless. 

North Node in Fifth House 

Creative, good-natured, confident, passionate, self-expressive, socially 
skillful, leadership ability. 

South Node in Eleventh House 

Feelings of inferiority, over-dependent on being liked, eccentric, too 
high expectations of friendship, feels misunderstood, isolates self 
from group. 

North Node in Sixth House 

Diligent, able to work with others, high standards, seeks to be service, 
good with detail, sensible about health. 

South Node in Twelfth House 

Rebellious, takes flight from reality, addictive personality, clandestine 
relationships, self-destructive behavior. 

North Node in Seventh House 

Cooperative, sociable, creative, charming, fosters harmonious rela- 
tionships, willing to commit, good at partnership. 

South Node in First House 

Selfish, impatient, narcissistic, can hurt others through thoughtless- 
ness, exaggerated need for freedom. 

How to Interpret Your Own Horoscope • 347 

North Node in Eighth House 

Profound in thinking, analytical, wise advisor, can keep secrets, 
strong powers of healing, fearless, dedicated. 

South Node in Second House 

Stubborn, greedy, a glutton, concentration on materialism, a show- 
off, shady tricks in moneymaking. 

North Node in Ninth House 

Courageous, idealistic, can achieve long-range goals, strives toward 
higher education, faithful to commitments, love of travel. 

North Node in Tenth House 

Diligent, dependable, honorable, an achiever, sense of responsibility, 
assumes authority, strives for the top. 

South Node in Third House 

Contradictory, intellectual snob, sarcastic know-it-all, superficial, 

South Node in Fourth House 

Moody, childish behavior, over-dependent, narrow-minded, fears 
change, a petty tyrant. 

North Node in Eleventh House 

Accepting, open, altruistic, able to form deep friendships, trustwor- 
thy, a reforming spirit, group leader. 

South Node in Fifth House 

Needs constant attention, overbearing, exaggerator, a boaster and 
self-aggrandizer, indolent pleasure-seeker. 

North Node in Twelfth House 

Devoted, nurturing, spiritual, sensitive to others, able to love deeply, 
champion of the underprivileged, love of humanity. 

South Node in Sixth House 

Fussy, finds fault, nerve-racking perfectionist, fear of rejection, argu- 


In Oprah Winfrey's chart, the North Node (Dragon's Head) is in her First House, which indicates she came into this life with a 
strong personality — endowed with the gifts of courage, pluck and charisma. Her task was to express her power of self and not be 
afraid of her ambitious nature. With her South Node (Dragon's Tail) in the Seventh House, she needed to stop trying so hard to 
please, to be trustworthy in her relationships, keep from being competitive in her partnerships, and learn to make definite 


If you have gone through these exercises, you have now 
amassed a great deal of information about your chart. At 
this point, some of you may want to delve more deeply 
into chart analysis. For those who are interested, there are 

a number of excellent books on chart-casting and analysis, 
and I list some of these on page 520 in my Recommended 
Reading List. 

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Probing Deeper into Your Birth Chart 

The Aspects in a Chart 

Chart analysis is the c o rners to ne of modern astrology. Twentieth-first-century practitioners 
of this oldest science are putting less emphasis on divination and prediction than on exploring the hu- 
man psyche. Through the study of astrology they hope to reveal the many facets of the human person- 

As you begin to learn more about chart interpretation you will become familiar with another very impor- 
tant branch of astrology This is called aspects. 

Astrologers consider the study of aspects an integral part of horoscope delineation. Modern astrologers are 
doing more research on aspects than ever before, and some call this the astrology of the future. Aspects are not a 
new study, but they lend themselves to deeper and more complex refinements the more they are studied. 

In order for you to calculate the aspects, you will need to know not only in what signs your planets are, but 
in what degree of those signs your planets are. For example, in my own birth chart, Jupiter is in Taurus in the 
First House. But Jupiter is precisely in 14° of Taurus in the First House. 

If you want to do the research, you can find the exact degree of all your planets by consulting an ephemeris 
(an almanac listing the planetary positions for each day of the year) or consulting a detailed Table of Planets for 
your year of birth. These publications are available in bookstores specializing in astrological publications, and I 
list some good sources in the appendix. 

However, it is far easier to utilize the computer. These days, astrologers, teachers, students, and the general 


public rely on computers to construct horoscopes. Any astrological computer program will give you the exact 
degree of all your planets in your birth chart — and will calculate every aspect between those planets. In addi- 
tion to making every calculation for you, computers avoid the human error that tends to creep into mathemat- 
ical computations. 

Computer service is relatively inexpensive and most services take only a day or two to construct your chart. 
If you yourself have access to the Internet, you can easily find astrological sites that will cast a chart for you free. 
You can also purchase an astrological computer program for your computer that allows you to cast far more 
complex charts than a simple birth-chart and provide you with in-depth horoscope analyses. Some reliable 
astrological sources that provide computer charts and sell computer programs are listed in the appendix on 
page 522. 

Simplest of all is to utilize the CD-ROM packaged with this book. With this CD you can instantly cast a de- 
tailed birth chart, and the program also gives you the page numbers of this book on which to find descriptive 
information about every planet placement and aspect in your chart. 

What Is an Aspect? 

An aspect is simply the relationship between two 
planets and is based entirely on how many degrees 
apart they are in a chart. Remember that the horoscope 
circle contains 360 degrees. The planets within that circle 
form different relationships depending on how many de- 
grees apart they are from each other. 

Aspects are categorized as major (most powerful) and 
minor (less powerful). The major aspects were classified 
by Claudius Ptolemy in the second century a.d. In modern 
astrology they are still considered the most powerful as- 
pects in a birth chart. 

The major aspects and their influences are: 

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Powerful. A conjunction is the 

Two planets in the 

strongest aspect in astrology. It 

same degree in the 

is usually a beneficial influence, though 

same sign (or within 

not necessarily so. If the planets have 

10° of each other). 

other difficult aspects in the chart, a 
conjunction may intensify them. A 
conjunction means the two planets 
involved have a powerful influence and 
are a focal point in the chart. 




Most harmonious. A trine is the most 

Two planets 120° 

favorable aspect, bringing advantage 

apart (or within 9° 

and ease. The only problem is that 

either way of 120°). 

too many trines in a chart may make 
a person weak and lazy. 




Unharmonious. An opposition brings 

Two planets 180° 

strain, discordance, or separation. 

apart (or within 9° 

Modern astrologers look at 

either way of 180°). 

oppositions less negatively than they 
were regarded in ancient times. 
Oppositions in a chart are thought of 
as challenges to growth and achievement. 




Harmonious and favorable. A sextile 

Two planets 60° apart 

brings opportunity. Unlike trines, 

(or within 6° either 

sextiles require effort on the part of 

way of 60°). 

the native to work their beneficial 




Challenging and stressful. A square 

Two planets 90° apart 

places obstacles and teaches lessons. 

(or within 9° either 

This aspect usually indicates an area 

way of 90°). 

where the person can develop drive 
and strength of character by overcoming 

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Minor (less powerful) aspects were first introduced 


and by Jean-Baptiste Morin, a French mathe- 

early in the seventeenth 

century by Johannes Kepler 



and astrologer. The minor aspects and their in- 

renowned astronomer who is called the father of modern 

fluences are: 







Two planets 150° 

apart (or within 2° 

either way of 



Originally classified as mildly 
adverse, the modern tendency is to 
consider its influence unpredictable 
and also more powerful than first 
thought. Some astrologers connect a 
quincunx with health problems; 
others say it brings "offbeat 



Two planets 45° apart 
(or within 2° either 
way of 45°). 


Mildly adverse. Brings tension that 
precipitates events but is much less 
powerful than a square. 




Mildly adverse. Similar influence to 

(sometimes called a 

Two planets 135° 

a semisquare. 


apart (or within 2° 
either way of 135°) 



Two planets 30° 
apart (or within 2° 
either way of 30°). 


Mildly favorable. Brings opportunity 
but is much less powerful than a 


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trologer will calculate which planets form an aspect 
to other planets. In Ptolemy's time an aspect was thought 
of as one planet "looking at" another planet; an archaic 
meaning of the word aspect is to look at or glance. This is 
still a useful way of regarding aspects. For example, if there 
is a Sun- Jupiter aspect in your chart, you might ask your- 
self, "Does the Sun look at Jupiter in a friendly way (a 
good aspect) or an unfriendly way (an adverse aspect)?" 

To look further at this example: If the Sun in your chart 
were at 15° Gemini and Jupiter were at 15° Aquarius, you 
would have a trine in your chart. The Sun trine Jupiter is a 
very good aspect, so harmonious in fact that it helps to 
outweigh other adverse aspects in your chart. Its influence 
tends to make you well liked, popular, broad-minded, and 
generous. You would make money easily and influential 

people would be likely to help you. If instead the Sun in 
your chart were at 10° Taurus and Jupiter were at 10° Scor- 
pio, you would have an opposition in your chart. The Sun 
in opposition to Jupiter indicates carelessness and extrava- 
gance. You would be likely to have financial problems and 
need to borrow money. You might make frequent errors of 
judgment or be susceptible to bad advice. You might be a 
gambler but luck would not be on your side. 

Again, you must keep in mind that the aspects in a chart 
are a contributing influence in your horoscope. The combina- 
tion of all influences — Sun sign, Moon sign, Rising sign, Plan- 
ets, Houses, Aspects, as well as many others — make up the 
unique, distinct, unduplicatable, one-and-only you. 

Here is a brief rundown of the meanings of the various 
aspects each planet might form with other planets: 

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Sun Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Well- integrated personality; adaptable to others. 
Tends to have harmonious home life; gets promotions in job. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Inner conflicts about self, insecurity. Ac- 
tions are contradictory. Emotionally oversensitive. 

CONJUNCTION Stubborn and self-willed. Sometimes an un- 
balanced or one-sided personality; deep-rooted habits. 


The Sun and Mercury are always within 28° of each other and 
thus if they form an aspect in your chart, it would only be a 

CONJUNCTION If 5° or less separate the Sun and Mercury, na- 
tive is apt to be rigid and dogmatic in opinion. 


Because the Sun and Venus are never more than 48° apart, the 
only aspect considered important between these two planets 
is a conjunction. 

CONJUNCTION A very harmonious aspect bringing warm- 
heartedness, sociability, and charm. 


GOOD ASPECTS Creative. Assertive. Enterprising. Indicates a 
high energy level. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Tendency to be quarrelsome, combative, 
headstrong. Lacks staying power; is hasty and takes risks. 

CONJUNCTION Hard worker. Adventurous. Restless. Enthusi- 


GOOD ASPECTS Optimism, generosity. Enjoys popularity. At- 
tracts luck. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Extravagant and spendthrift tendencies. 
Person may be conceited, overbearing, indolent. 

CONJUNCTION A cultured mind. A sense of humor. 


GOOD ASPECTS Ability to persevere. Good concentration; well 
organized. Succeeds through own efforts. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Indicates disappointment and obstacles. 
Subject must overcome hindrances and feelings of inade- 

CONJUNCTION Gives seriousness and sense of purpose. This 
aspect is often found in the charts of self-made men and 


GOOD ASPECTS Leadership ability; strong initiative. A touch 
of inspiration and genius in thinking. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Rash; erratic. Nervous strain. Possible sep- 
aration in marriage. 

CONJUNCTION Originality and independence. Inclined to be 
obstinate. Possible superiority complex. 


GOOD ASPECTS Good imagination; artistic potential. Creative 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Vagueness of mind; unbalanced emotions. 

Susceptible to treachery and deceit. 
CONJUNCTION Powerful artistic expression. Fine esthetic 

taste. Psychic ability. 


GOOD ASPECTS Strong character. Ability to start afresh with 

new ideas. Self-confident. 
ADVERSE ASPECTS Inclined toward selfishness, aloofness, and 

antisocial behavior. 
CONJUNCTION Egotistical. Person may have a power complex. 

A dictatorial way with others. 


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Moon Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Indicates common sense and shrewdness. A 
witty talker; an entertaining personality. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS High-strung, frenetic nature. Native in- 
clined to be anxious and nervous. 

CONJUNCTION High intelligence, sensitivity, and imagination. 


GOOD ASPECTS Affectionate, lighthearted personality. Love of 
beauty; artistic talent. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Careless, self-indulgent. Moody. Disap- 
pointment in love affairs. 

CONJUNCTION Friendliness; a tranquil nature. Love of luxury. 
An artistic eye. 


GOOD ASPECTS Energetic; resourceful. Quick-acting; gets proj- 
ects under way without delay. Good health. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Changeable moods; touchy; argumenta- 
tive. Self-indulgent. Problems with health. 

CONJUNCTION Courage. Liveliness. Strong powers of concen- 


GOOD ASPECTS Optimistic, friendly personality. Good business 
ability. Native enjoys travel and literary pursuits. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Weak financial judgment. Laziness. Diffi- 
culty accomplishing goals. 

CONJUNCTION Generous and protective nature. Native needs 
change and new challenge. May be vain. 


GOOD ASPECTS Diplomatic. Ambitious. Conservative nature; 

patient. Thoroughness in dealing with problems. 
ADVERSE ASPECTS Shyness; lack of self-confidence. Money 

problems. Possible trouble in first marriage. 
CONJUNCTION Thrifty. A perfectionist, though may be too 

critical. This aspect brings stability to emotions. 


GOOD ASPECTS Strong intuition. Open to change and the fu- 
ture. Native attracts luck through change. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Too changeable; temperamental. Nervous 
tension. Perversity. 

CONJUNCTION An original, highly individual personality. Na- 
tive may be considered eccentric, unusual — will not conform 
or be restricted. 


GOOD ASPECTS Powerful imagination. Interested in the occult. 
Native has strong need to create in an artistic way. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS A dreamer. Danger of self-delusion. Sus- 
ceptible to schemers. Problems in love affairs. 

CONJUNCTION Sympathetic. Warmhearted. A preference for 


GOOD ASPECTS Changes in native's life are common. Strong 

emotions. Shrewd business ability. 
ADVERSE ASPECTS Moods and emotions swing to extremes. 

Jealousy prominent. Aspect may bring unpleasant changes. 
CONJUNCTION Impulsiveness. Tendency for changes to erupt 

suddenly, and for native to make thoughtless moves. 

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Mercury Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Cheerful, lighthearted. Artistic. Native leans 
toward literary and creative pursuits. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS These two planets never form major ad- 
verse aspects. At most, they indicate that artistic faculties are 
not expressed. 

CONJUNCTION Charm of speech. Balance between mental ac- 
tivities and love of art and beauty. 


GOOD ASPECTS Active, practical mind. Courageous personal- 
ity. Literary ability. Forceful debater. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Fault-finding and irritability accentuated. 
Native may be belligerent and disputatious. 

CONJUNCTION Potential for high intellectualism. A flair for 
writing, speaking. Witty and expressive. 


GOOD ASPECTS An active mind with broad outlook. Good 
judgment. Sense of humor. Native does not like detail. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Skeptical mind. Susceptible to errors in 
judgment. Native may be indiscreet, open to scandal. 

CONJUNCTION Above-average intelligence. Optimistic. Phil- 
anthropic bent. 


GOOD ASPECTS Disciplined, well-organized mind. Good con- 
centration. Serious and practical. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Native may be rigid, a strict disciplinarian, 
fearful of change. Abrupt. Blunt. 

CONJUNCTION Native is methodical and patient; may also be 
obstinate. Good powers of endurance. Prone to depression. 


GOOD ASPECTS Cleverness, originality. Independent mind. 
Self-reliant nature. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Opinionated, brusque, and tactless. Ten- 
dency to waste energy. Native may be discontent, confused. 

CONJUNCTION A talent for scientific thinking. Can be stub- 
born and eccentric, but also a genius. 


GOOD ASPECTS High creativity. Artistic imagination. Indicates 
talent for acting. May be clairvoyant. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Scheming tendencies; native disposed to- 
ward deceiving others. Hazy thinking; difficulty in concen- 

CONJUNCTION Impulsive personality but also powerfully cre- 
ative. Native interested in mysticism and spiritual subjects. 


GOOD ASPECTS Native is versatile, flexible, restless. Prone to 
sudden changes of opinion. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Illogical reasoning. Nervous tension. Na- 
tive tends to rush into commitments before considering ac- 

CONJUNCTION A penetrating mind but susceptible to nerv- 
ous tension. Native often has a marked talent to bring about 
change through the use of the written word. 


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Venus Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Feelings of warmth and affection easily ex- 
pressed. Enthusiastic. Passionate. Romantic. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Impulsive, quarrelsome. Difficulty and 
strain in sexual relationships. Hypersensitivity. Discontent- 

CONJUNCTION A sensuous personality. Optimistic outlook. 
Good balance between charm and aggressiveness. 


GOOD ASPECTS Indicates harmonious relationships. Love is 
easily expressed. This aspect also brings good money luck. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Too much affectation and insincerity. Nu- 
merous love affairs and unhappiness brought on by extremes 
of feeling. Possible weight problem. 

CONJUNCTION Magnetic sex appeal. Native enjoys much pop- 
ularity and a reputation for charm. 


GOOD ASPECTS Constructive influence in business partner- 
ships. Serious and faithful in love. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Disappointment or incompatibility in 
marriage and love relationships. Tendency toward a solitary, 
lonely existence. Marriage may be delayed early in life. 

CONJUNCTION Strong sense of duty. Conservative in picking 
love partners. Feelings of affection sometimes sublimated or 
sacrificed for personal ambition. 


GOOD ASPECTS Romantic, artistic personality. Intrigues others 
because of unusual ideas about sex and love. Can be very sen- 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Too much unconventionality in relation- 
ships; imbalanced sensuality. Choice of lovers and partners 
may bring unhappiness. 

CONJUNCTION Apt to be emotional, excitable. Native may do 
original, artistic work. A sensual personality. 


GOOD ASPECTS Heightened creativity. Interest in mysticism. 
Powerful artistic potential but native needs firm direction. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Disappointment in love. Sometimes vic- 
timized in relationships. Difficulty making decisions. 

CONJUNCTION Sensitive and kind to others. Artistic talent 
present. Also prone to nervous tension, disillusion in love af- 


GOOD ASPECTS Passionate nature. Love life marked by sudden 

changes that tend to bring benefits. Good financial ability. 
ADVERSE ASPECTS Reversals in love; attachments broken. 

Strong sexual feelings, but sex relationships cause difficulties. 
CONJUNCTION Deep-rooted, intense passions. Native tends to 

fall in love secretly. Indicates shrewdness in handling finances. 

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Mars Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Strong willpower, optimism, positive outlook. 

Inspires confidence. Good leadership potential. 
ADVERSE ASPECTS Over-enthusiasm, hastiness, impulsiveness. 

Extremist temperament. Restless. Extravagant. 
CONJUNCTION Frank. Energetic. Able to make decisions. An 

aggressive streak. 


GOOD ASPECTS Powers of endurance. Ability to succeed in 
spite of harsh circumstances. Disciplined. Indomitable. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Vacillating energy. Inner feeling of being 
pulled to and fro. Ill-tempered. Susceptible to injury. 

CONJUNCTION Rebellious, turbulent personality. May indi- 
cate accident-proneness. Native resents any opposition. 


GOOD ASPECTS Practical. Intellectual. Energetic. Resourceful. 
Ability to make quick decisions. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Impatient, perverse, touchy nature. Native 
may be intolerant, combative. Subject to irritability and ten- 

CONJUNCTION Excitable, willful personality. High energy 
level. Also indicates nervous strain. 


GOOD ASPECTS Creative impulses. Idealistic and crusading. 
Powerful emotions. Imaginative. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Prone toward negative escapism in alco- 
hol. Native may be oversensitive; wastes energies in hopeless 

CONJUNCTION High artistic gifts may be present. Strong 
sense of design and color. Romantic. Passionate. 


GOOD ASPECTS Great physical energy. Self-confidence. Ambi- 
tious. Courageous. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Obsessive personality. Combative nature. 
Native unhappy when forced to accept new conditions. 

CONJUNCTION High emotional level. Quick, violent temper. 

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Jupiter Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Patience and persistence. Breadth of vision. 
Sound financial judgment. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Pessimistic; lack of inner satisfaction. Ob- 
stacles in the way of success. Financial miscalculation. 

CONJUNCTION Ambitious and single-minded. Ability to 
achieve through hard work. Streak of discontentment. 


GOOD ASPECTS Originality combined with leadership ability. 

Magnetic personality. Humanitarian outlook. 
ADVERSE ASPECTS Outspokenness. Willful. Tendency toward 

radicalism or militancy. 
CONJUNCTION Freedom-loving, restless, eccentric. Sometimes 

an unusual physical appearance, for example, extremely tall or 



GOOD ASPECTS Kind, humanitarian instincts. Drawn to spiri- 
tual concerns. Creative talent that promises financial success. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Too emotional and extravagant. Marked 
tendency toward self-deception. Weak and easily manipu- 

CONJUNCTION Sensitive, artistic personality. Active fantasy 
life. May possess ESP. Love and concern for animals. 


GOOD ASPECTS Intellectual and organizational skill. Strong 
tendency for native to create new beginnings. Idealistic. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Scheming personality; desire to exploit 
others. Often destructive tendencies. 

CONJUNCTION Ability to break with the past and start anew. 
Tendency to be domineering. 

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Saturn Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Willpower and initiative; indicates adminis- 
trative talents. Inventive, efficient, resourceful. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Autocratic, arrogant personality. Prone to 
anxiety and depression. 

CONJUNCTION Great self-reliance and determination. Indi- 
cates a masterful manner with others, an original personality. 


GOOD ASPECTS Careful, conscientious nature. Orderly com- 
mon sense. Creative imagination put to practical use. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Reclusive inclinations. Suspicious, possibly 
paranoid nature. Life is marked by disappointment. 

CONJUNCTION Hardworking and authoritative. An excellent 
aspect that combines idealism with practicality. 


GOOD ASPECTS Self-disciplined. Capable of deep concentra- 
tion. A self-confident, high-principled personality. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Unpredictability. An obsessive personality. 
Sometimes susceptible to unusual diseases. 

CONJUNCTION Inclined to be unpredictable. Native is able to 
deal well with disappointment. This conjunction occurs once 
every 92 years and is considered a generational influence. 

Uranus Aspects 


GOOD ASPECTS Kindness, sensitivity, intuition. Musical abil- 
ity. Spiritual and mystical interests. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS High emotional level. A personality that 
becomes easily upset. Easily led onto unproductive paths. 

CONJUNCTION Potential for highly original work. Bias toward 
eccentricity. A visionary and prophetic nature. This conjunc- 
tion occurs every 171 years and is considered a generational 


GOOD ASPECTS Lofty aims; strong loyalty. Ability to direct en- 
ergy into productive channels. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Disruptive influence. Indicates inner ten- 
sion. Tendency toward sudden emotional outbursts. 

CONJUNCTION Strong sense of independence. This conjunc- 
tion occurs every 115 years and is considered a generational 
influence. Power can be positive or negative, depending on 
how it is channeled. 


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Neptune and Pluto Aspects 


Neptune spends 14 years in each sign and Pluto from 13 to 32 
years in each sign. Any aspects formed last for extremely long 
periods of time; they are considered important in an individ- 
ual's horoscope only if Neptune or Pluto are on the Ascendant 
or Midheaven, or Pisces or Scorpio are prominent. 

GOOD ASPECTS Occult traits are positively used. 

ADVERSE ASPECTS Obsessive tendencies. Easy prey to tempta- 

CONJUNCTION Intellectual abilities. An interest in the occult. 
Promotes gift of clairvoyance. 


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Among the most important uses of astrology 
is the art of prediction. When a client consults an as- 
trologer it is usually to ask questions about the future. As- 
trologers use many tools to anticipate future conditions. 

One is the drawing up of a horary chart — a chart that 
represents the present moment in which a person is asking 
a question. The theory behind horary astrology is that 
there is sympathy between the cosmos and the human 
mind; therefore, when a question is asked, the positions of 
the planets at that moment can help to answer the ques- 
tion. This theory underlies such predictive techniques as 
the I Ching, Tarot, and card reading. 

Another method of prediction is to study the transits of 
the planets. You (or an astrologer) would consult an 
ephemeris to arrive at the exact positions of the planets in 
the future — say, next week or next month — and then 
compare these positions to the planetary positions in your 
natal chart. Let's take a hypothetical example in which 
Jupiter next week was going to be in 27° of Libra, and in 
your natal chart your Sun is in 27° of Libra. This transit 
(called transiting Jupiter conjunct natal Sun) augurs a for- 
tunate financial trend, activation of energies, and the 
courage to make the most of opportunity. 

Another chart drawn for predictive purposes is the so- 
lar return chart — a horoscope cast for the exact moment 
that the Sun is passing through the degree of the sign it 
was in at the moment of your birth. The solar return chart 
is analyzed in respect to your birth chart, and a study is 
made of the new aspects formed between the two charts. 
This is a useful tool for seeing trends ahead for the coming 
year. It is also possible to cast a lunar return chart for the 

moment that the Moon is passing through the degree that 
it occupies in your natal horoscope. A lunar return chart 
foretells trends in the coming month. 

One of the most popular techniques for arriving at pre- 
dictions is the casting of a progressed birth chart. There are 
a number of different ways to progress a horoscope, but 
the one in most frequent use is the day-for-a-year method. 
This method of progression is based on the theory that 
there is a relationship in the human psyche between the 
earth's daily rotation on its axis and its annual revolution 
around the Sun. The theory postulates that the days fol- 
lowing birth represent a person's inner development dur- 
ing the corresponding years. Astrologers also point to bibli- 
cal references to this method of progression. Numbers 
14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6 both speak of "each day for a year," 
and Genesis 29:27 tells of a week symbolically representing 
seven years. 

To progress your chart, you would begin by drawing 
up an exact natal birth chart, which includes the precise 
degree of each House cusp and the precise degree and 
minute of the sign that every planet occupies in your 

The next step would be to decide what year in the fu- 
ture you wish to see. If, for example, you were born on 
May 1, 1975, and you wish to know about the year 2010, 
you would progress your birth chart ahead to 35 years af- 
ter your birth. Using the one-day-for-one-year rule, you 
arrive at the number of 35 days. Thirty-five days from May 
!> !975 (your birthday) brings you to June 5, 1975. At this 
point, you draw up a brand-new horoscope for the day 
June 5, 1975. This horoscope is your progressed chart. 

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Now you would compare your birth chart with your 
progressed chart. You would calculate the new planetary 
aspects formed within the progressed chart, and also cal- 
culate the planetary aspects formed between the birth 
chart and the progressed chart. 

If, for example, your progressed Mars were in opposi- 
tion to your natal Sun, 2010 might be a period of strain 
and ill health. If your progressed Venus formed a trine 

with your natal Sun, there might be the possibility of mar- 
riage in 2010. 

Whatever the method of prediction, it is wise to keep in 
mind that astrology is not soothsaying or magic. As- 
trologers do not predict. What they do is assess future 
trends and point out possible areas of success or pitfalls. 
The true value of prediction is to draw attention to a per- 
son's strengths so that he or she may take best advantage 
of them. 

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Synastry: For Lovers 

X A Then reading horoscopes in newspapers 

V and magazines, a great many people look for 
advice about love. When they read astrology books, the 
second thing most people turn to (after reading about 
themselves) is a description of their lover or mate — or 
prospective lover or mate. 

The problem, however, with most astrological analyses 
is that they are limited, for they are based on Sun signs 
alone. As I have emphasized before, you are not a "pure" 
Sun sign. You are a unique combination of signs and plan- 
ets. If you have set up your birth chart (as outlined in 
chapter 9), you see in front of you a picture of how many 
different factors go into your horoscope. The same is true 
for every other person. 

The most accurate and complete answers about love 

are to be found in a birth chart. Now that you can cast a 
simple birth chart for yourself, it is an easy matter to take 
two birth charts (yours and someone else's) and compare 
them in order to answer questions about compatibility 
and love. This comparison of two people's charts to see 
how they might or might not get along with each other is 
called synastry. 

Before you read further about the specifics of synastry, 
you should be aware that chart comparison is based on 
the relationship between planets in the two charts — in other 
words, on the aspects (the harmonious and inharmonious 
influences determined entirely on how many degrees apart 
the planets are). 

Here is an easy way to calculate the aspects between 
the two charts. All you have to do is count signs: 




Planets in the same sign 

Planets one sign away 
from each other. 

Planets two signs away 
from each other 

Planets three signs away 
from each other 

Planets four signs away 
from each other 

Planets six signs away 
from each other 

Powerful influence. Can be beneficial. 
Strain. Common ground is lacking.* 

Beneficial influence. Indicates harmony. 

Tension, but not necessarily irreconcilable differences. 
There is usually a lot of energy between these two signs. 

Very harmonious. Pleasant and easygoing. 
Sometimes so peaceful things may be dull! 

Opposite in the zodiac. There may be lots of arguments 
and strain, but there is also a strong and stimulating 
attraction between opposites. 






*The exceptions to this rule are Capricorn and Aquarius, who are one sign apart. Though they are quite different from each other (Capricorn is con- 
servative, Aquarius is ultramodern), both are strong and can make a good pairing. 


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To begin your comparison of horoscopes, draw two sim- 
plified birth charts: yours and your lover's. 

The Sun and the Moon 

One of the first things to look at is the position of the 
Sun and Moon in both charts. The Sun is often referred to 
as the masculine principle in astrology, since it represents 
a person's outward expression. The Moon is called the 
feminine principle, since it represents the emotional side. 
If a man has the Moon in his First House, he is usually the 
kind of man who is in touch with his emotions — someone 
who accepts feelings comfortably rather than someone 
who tries to repress them. If a woman has the Sun in her 
First House, she tends to have a strong sense of self or an 
authority and dignity about her that is a natural part of 
her personality. 

Very often you can tell the kind of woman whose per- 
sonality will appeal to a man by looking at where the Moon 
is in his chart. Is the Moon in Aries or Leo? He probably 
likes strong, assertive women who refuse to be pushed 
around. Is the Moon in Virgo? He's likely to be attracted to 
practical and stable women. Is it in Libra or Pisces? He 
tends to fall in love with romantic, feminine women. 

Conversely, you can often find out what kind of man 
intrigues a woman by looking at the sign her Sun is in. Is it 
in Taurus? She probably likes strong, earthy types who have 
a knack for making money. Is it in Gemini? She tends to be 
attracted to brainy men, writers, and intellectual types. 

Keep in mind, though, that people don't always end up 
with (or sometimes even go out with) the men and 
women who attract them. People also choose lovers on an 

unconscious level. For more about why we pick the people 
we do, consult the influence of Mars and Venus in your 
love horoscope (page 366). 

In comparing your two charts, begin with your Sun. 
What is your Sun sign? Now consult the aspects table on 
page 288. Is your Sun in a compatible sign to your lover's 
Sun? For example, if you have an Aries Sun sign, is your 
lover's Sun sign Leo or Sagittarius (four signs away) or 
Gemini or Aquarius (two signs away)? 

Now look at the two Moon signs. Are they compatible 
with each other? 

Don't worry if your two Sun signs or Moon signs are 
not in the most harmonious aspect to each other. Remem- 
ber that a square or opposition (three signs away and six 
signs away) may add fireworks to the relationship, and also 
bring interest and excitement. In any case, this is only the 
beginning of your comparison. The positions of your re- 
spective Suns and Moons are a factor to consider, but only 
one among many. 

Here is a very positive factor: If your Moon is in the 
same sign as your lover's Sun, or vice versa, this is a won- 
derful augury. It is a green light to a happy and lasting af- 
fair and indicates that each of you should have a deep un- 
derstanding of the other. 

Major Points of Incompatibility 

1. If your Sun sign is the same as your lover's Ascendant 
(Rising sign), or your Ascendant is the same as your lover's 
Sun sign: This is a powerful indication of happiness and 
contentment between you. Your personalities mesh well 
because you tend to think alike. 

*I use the word lover here to mean anyone you are romantically connected to, whether it is someone you only fantasize about or someone you've 
lived with most of your life. 

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2. If your Sun sign is in opposition (six signs away) to 
your lover's Ascendant, or your Ascendant is in opposition 
to your lover's Sun sign: This is also a positive influence 
and bodes well for rapport. In this case, each person would 
be likely to supply what the other needs or even lacks. For 
example, if she is a Libra Sun sign and he is an Aries As- 
cendant, he will probably be able to give a push to her lazy 
nature, while she can bring a touch of elegance and ro- 
mance to his aggressiveness. 

3. If your Sun sign is the same as the sign of your lover's 
Tenth House, or your Tenth House sign is the same as your 
lover's Sun sign: You both mix career and love well. In this 
case, your aims and goals should be compatible, and each can 
be a source of power or inspiration to push the other. 

The Sun and Ascendant 

As you have just read, two powerful influences for 
compatibility are when the Suns and Ascendants in the 
two charts are in conjunction or in opposition. 

If you don't fall into either category, there are other as- 
pects to consider. Do your Sun and your lover's Ascendant 
(or vice versa) form a square (three signs away from each 
other)? There may be quarrels along the way and probably 
more than a little competition between the two of you. 
But the sparks of feeling between you should at least make 
the affair interesting. 

Are your Sun and your lover's Ascendant (or vice versa) 
in sextile or trine aspect (two signs away or four signs 
away)? There will be a great deal of tolerance for each 
other's foibles. You both tend to blend with each other and 
work harmoniously together. 

Venus and Mars 

Venus, planet of love, has always been a feminine 
planet in astrology. It represents your capacity for affec- 
tion and sharing, your geniality, friendliness, and charm. 
The position of Venus in your chart tells what kind of ef- 
fect you have on others. In a woman's chart, it is usually 
the placement of Venus that gives an indication of her love 

Mars, which represents energy and aggression, is a mas- 
culine planet. It deals specifically with a person's sexual 
nature, with the fire and passion of sexual response. In a 
man's chart, it is the placement of Mars that gives an indi- 
cation of the way he deals with women. 

Just as the Sun and Moon in your chart indicate to 
some extent what kind of man or woman you are at- 
tracted to, so Venus and Mars point to the kind of person 
who sexually stirs you. In a woman's chart, the position of 
Mars will often tell what kind of man arouses her. Very of- 
ten the arousal is on a subconscious level. This may be the 
film star who ignites her imagination, the man at a party 
she is immediately intrigued by without even thinking 
about it. 

In a man's chart, the position of Venus usually indicates 
the kind of women he is drawn to. For example, if his 
Venus is in Gemini, he is likely to be stimulated by a 
woman who is amusing, lively, and witty. Venus points to 
the woman who, consciously or not, seizes his emotions. 
Astrologers always look at the positions of Venus and the 
Moon in a chart to see where a person's emotions are most 
strongly attracted. 

366 • Understanding Astrology 

There is a powerful sexual attraction when: 

Your Venus and your lover's Mars (or vice versa) are in 
the same sign: Both of you are passionate and sexually 
responsive. Your love life will be stimulating even if 
there are temperamental differences. 
Your Venus is in the same sign as your lover's Ascen- 
dant (or vice versa): You tend to be imaginative lovers 
and know what pleases each other. 
Your Venus is in your lover's Sun sign (or vice versa): 
This indicates not only a joyous sex life but also mutual 
interests in other areas. 

Your Mars is in your lover's Moon sign (or vice versa): 
Can be a volatile combination because of the emotional 
element; a high-keyed sex life is indicated. 

I hope I have piqued your interest in learning about 
charts. The more you work with charts, the more profi- 
cient you will become. You will intrigue friends and family 
with your insights and observations. 

In addition, as I have stressed throughout this book, 
you will gain in self-knowledge, which is what astrology is 
all about. 

Aspects and Synastry 



Part Four 


1 1 


As a child, looking up on a clear evening at a vast, endless sky twinkling with points of 
light, did you make a wish on the "first star I see tonight"? You were doing what men and women have 
done since they first turned their eyes skyward. People have always scrutinized the heavens, looking for 
guidance, omens, and meanings. 

The study of the Sun, the Moon, stars, eclipses, day and night, began well before recorded history. There are 
reindeer bones and tusks of mammoths from the Ice Age that have notches carved on them picturing the phases 
of the Moon. These bones and tusks are dated between 25,000 and 10,000 b.c, and some scientists place them as 
long ago as 32,000 b.c! 

The path of the stars was recorded 6,000 years before Christ was born. As early as 2767 b.c, a horoscope was 
cast in Egypt by Imhotep, the architect of the great Step pyramid in Saqqarah. That horoscope still exists! 

Ancient astrologers charted the movement of planets and stars, and made predictions about eclipses, up- 
heavals, famine, and fortune. They developed calendars for marking and measuring the passage of time. You can 
still read star charts that were made by Egyptian astrologers in 4200 b.c 

In ancient societies, astrology and religion were inextricably linked. The astrologers were mainly priests. In 
fact, the Sumerian symbol for divinity was a star. Even the patterns that the stars form in the heavens were given 
names and worshipped as gods. 

Not too surprisingly, the Sun was the most powerful god. The Sun gave warmth and light, nourished plant 
life, and made crops grow. Druids, Egyptians, Incas, and Hindus were all sun worshippers. In the ancient Hindu 
religion, Vishnu is the embodiment of the Sun, the symbol for life itself. 

We can still visit some of the early observatories that primitive people built to study the skies. The fabled 
Pyramids at Giza in Egypt, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, are elaborate tombs for dead royalty. They 
are also giant compasses, whose triangular sides directly face the points of a compass and can still be used to 
take sightings. In the old Mayan city of Chichen Itza there stands a pre-Columbian stone structure that some- 


what resembles our Capitol building. It is called the Cara- 
col observatory. Inside, a spiral staircase leads to various 
windows from which the positions of the planets can be 
observed as they shift throughout the year. 

If you should find yourself in Brittany, the seaside re- 
sort in northwest France, visit the Menhirs (great stones) of 
Carnac. These are huge upright granite blocks ranging from 
sixteen to twenty feet high. They were built by sun worship- 
pers (many historians believe they were Druids), and used 
for astrological calculation. 

In the south of England there stands the magnifi- 
cent structure known as Stonehenge. Stonehenge con- 
sists of a series of stones, some as high as twelve feet, 
placed in a circular pattern. Outside the stones is a circle 
of holes or pits. In 1961 Professor Gerald S. Hawkins, an 
astronomer from Boston University, submitted the pat- 

tern of Stonehenge to analysis by an IBM computer. He 
discovered that these strange stones and holes can be 
used to record the positions of the Sun and Moon, and 
that virtually every eclipse of the Sun and Moon can be 
predicted from them. Obviously, the people who built 
Stonehenge in 2500 B.C. were not just barbarians who 
painted themselves blue with woad. They built what is, 
in effect, a sophisticated astronomical observatory! 

In the United States a structure called Casa Grande, 
built by Hohokam Indians in Arizona around a.d. 1300, 
has eight openings that are aligned with the risings and 
settings of the Sun at both solstices and both equinoxes — 
the four cardinal points of the zodiac. 

Clearly, there are no new ideas; there are new people 
discovering old ideas. Here is a brief look at the earliest as- 
trological lore in more or less chronological order. 


HINDU (5000 b.c. -3000 b.c.) 

Hindus trace their religious wisdom back to seven ancient 
sages known as the Rishis. The word rishi means "to 
shine," and the original Rishis were the seven stars of the 
constellation Ursa Major (Big Dipper). Hindu religion lit- 
erally began with the stars. 

Vishnu, the reigning god of Hinduism, is the Sun in- 
carnate, their most divine being. Sometimes, when the 
world is in discord, Vishnu takes various forms and visits 
the Earth. Some of the shapes he takes on are the Ram, 
the Bull, and the Lion, and carvings of these shapes are 
found on temple walls dating back 7,000 years. In mod- 
ern astrology we still use those three symbols: Aries the 
Ram, Taurus the Bull, Leo the Lion. 

The Hindus divided the sky into twenty- eight equal 

parts, called Lunar Mansions, each part representing a 
passage of the Moon through its twenty-eight-day cycle. 
The lunar cycle, in fact, is a basis of Eastern astrology. 
Western philosophy is founded much more on the solar 
cycle. As a result, astrologers often refer to the Western 
world as children of the Sun and to the Eastern world as 
children of the Moon. 

The Indian zodiac has twelve signs, the same number 
our zodiac has. However, in India there is a concept not 
found in Western astrology. This is the doctrine of karma 
and reincarnation. Karma is the journey of the soul 
through various lives (incarnations). A person's karma is 
based on three things: 1 ) the influence in this life of acts 
committed in previous lives; 2) the influence of one's 
present acts on the next life; 3) unrealized acts. The prac- 

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tice of astrology in India is often linked to the discovery of 
what stage a person's soul has reached. 

EGYPTIAN (3000 b.c. -300 b.c.) 

Egyptian astrology was also bound up in their religion. 
The priests held the secrets of the heavens. Within a com- 
plicated hierarchy of gods and deities, each god had a spe- 
cific power and ruled over a particular kingdom of influ- 
ence. For example, Osiris was god of the dead. Isis was 
Osiris's wife and sister, protectress of the dead. Thoth was 
the god of learning, inventor of hieroglyphs, and scribe of 
the gods. Many Egyptian symbols and deities reappear in 
the present-day occult study of Tarot cards. 

The Egyptians were the first people to foretell a person's 
character by the date of birth. They also gave to each 
month, and indeed to each day, a special deity who ruled 
that day and that month. 

The River Nile was the focus of Egyptian life. The river 
made their barren region fertile, and so it is not surprising 
to find the imagery of water used again and again in their 
mythology. The sky was a goddess named Nut, who was 
also an enormous river. Lesser gods crossed the sky-river 
in their individual boats. When an Egyptian pharaoh died, 
he was provided with everything he needed for the jour- 
ney across a great river into the afterlife. 

At first, Egyptians divided the sky into thirty-six sections. 
(The Greeks later called these sections dekanoi, meaning ten 
days apart, from which we get our words decan and de- 
canate.) These thirty-six decanates remain unchanged to the 
present day (see chapter 3). Later, the sky was divided into 
twelve parts, and each part was given a form and a name. 
Each part of the sky was assigned three stars to call its own, 

and each was given a boat in which to cross the sky. See how 
similar the twelve Egyptian sky gods are to our modern as- 
trological signs: 


The Sheep 

The Bull 

Two Men Clasping Hands 

The Scarab 

The Lion 

The Maiden 

The Horizon 

The Scorpion 

He Who Draws a Bow 

The Goat 

The Water Man 

The Fishes 


Aries the Ram 
Taurus the Bull 
Gemini the Twins 
Cancer the Crab 
Leo the Lion 
Virgo the Virgin 
Libra the Scales 
Scorpio the Scorpion 
Sagittarius the Archer 
Capricorn the Goat 
Aquarius the Water Bearer 
Pisces the Fishes 

The Egyptians believed the Sun, another powerful deity, 
controlled the waters of the Nile. The Sun brought the 
Nile to flood stage, providing needed irrigation to the sur- 
rounding countryside and making the deserts fertile. 

The Moon was also a special deity. The Egyptians desig- 
nated several gods to represent it. The famous Eye of Ho- 
rus, sometimes worn as an amulet to protect against dan- 
ger, was a picture of the Moon. When the eye of the 
hawk-god Horus was completely open, the Moon was full. 

Venus had her honored place among the gods. The 
planet Venus is a brilliant, silvery star that at times is seen 
in the morning and at other times in the evening. She was 
pictured by the Egyptians as a two-headed goddess, each 
head wearing a different crown. 

One of the most famous astrologer-kings in ancient 

The Story of Astrology • 373 

Egypt was Ramses II (nineteenth dynasty). At his death 
in 1223 B.C., Ramses's body was placed in a sarcophagus 
covered with astrological symbols, and put inside a pyra- 
mid at Abou-Simbel. There the great pharaoh lay, like 
Merlin, in his room of wonders. Some of the wonders are 
still being discovered. For example, we have learned that 
Ramses's tomb was constructed so that on a certain date 
the rays of the Sun would find their way into the very pit 
of the grave. To this day, and on that very date, they do. 
When Ramses VI (a successor to the great Pharaoh) died, 
a star map drawn in the shape of a seated man was 
placed on his tomb. Modern scientists discovered that by 
using this map, they can chart the journey of the stars for 
each hour of the night throughout the year. 

Not until human beings are replaced by a civilization of 
machines run by a great computer are we likely to get any 
greater precision than that! 

CHINESE (2800 b.c. -present) 

With Marco Polo's adventurous travels in a.d. 1275, Euro- 
peans learned for the first time of the great beauty, wealth, 
history, and romance of China. Untouched as they were by 
outside influences, the Chinese had developed their astrol- 
ogy along somewhat different lines from the Egyptians, 
Chaldeans, Babylonians, and Greeks. 

Life in ancient China revolved around the Emperor. 
His title was Son of the Heavens, and he was an absolute 
ruler. Confucius wrote of the Emperor: "The sovereign 
who rules by virtue is like the polar star. He stays mo- 
tionless in his place while everything turns around him." 
It was the Emperor who maintained good relations be- 

tween the forces of heaven and human beings here on 

Some historians mark the beginning of Chinese astrol- 
ogy during the reign of the Divine Emperor Fu Hsi 
around 2800 B.C. The Bamboo Annals (a manuscript 
found in a Chinese prince's grave in A.D. 281) tell about 
Emperor Yao, who named the twelve signs of the Chinese 
zodiac and divided the sky into twenty-eight Mansions of 
the Moon. 

The Chinese zodiac differs from the zodiac of the West. 
There are twelve years, and each year is represented by a 
different animal. This twelve-year cycle is sometimes 
called the Yellow Road of the Sun. The twelve animals are 
the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, 
cock, dog, and boar. Legend tells us that when Buddha lay 
on his deathbed, he asked the animals of the forest to 
come and bid him farewell. These twelve were the first to 
arrive. The cat, as the story goes, is not among the animals 
because it was napping and couldn't be bothered to make 
the journey.* 

Chinese astrology is not content to rest with a division 
into twelve animals. There are also five elements (wood, 
fire, earth, metal, and water). A Chinese horoscope is di- 
vided into interlocking sets of the numbers ten and twelve 
(e.g., ten Celestial Stem signs and twelve Terrestrial 
Branch signs). In addition, the ancient principle of Yin 
and Yang (negative and positive forces) is very much in- 
volved in charting a horoscope. 

Astrology has been an integral part of everyday life in 
China. The new Communist regime, which prides itself on 
rationalism and materialism and derides astrology as mere 
superstition, has made few inroads on the people's faith in 

This is only one version of the legend. In certain Far Eastern countries (e.g., Vietnam), the cat is the astrological symbol instead of the hare. 

374 • Astrology in History and Legend 

the divinations of the horoscope. Not even the authority 
of the state has prevailed against astrology. 

A Chinese person always knows his or her animal sign 
and will often give his or her age by naming the animal 
year in which birth occurred. Major decisions in life are 
still made according to astrology. This is especially true 
when the Chinese seek guidance about whom to marry and 
when. Astrology is also a guide as to when to conclude fi- 
nancial agreements, begin journeys, start building a new 
house, and even where to bury the dead. 

Some modern astrologers have tried to combine West- 
ern astrology with Chinese astrology. They give each per- 
son both an astrological sign and an animal sign. One be- 
comes, for example, a Gemini Tiger or a Libra Dragon. For 
those interested in learning more about this fascinating at- 
tempt to merge two cultures, there are some books on the 

In truth, however, the astrology that we practice owes 
less to these Eastern influences. We are, after all, children 
of the Sun and rely more on solar astrology than the East- 
ern world and its children of the Moon. Our astrological 
lore can be traced back to the Sumerians and to the fasci- 
nating fragments of documents that contain the astrologi- 
cal predictions of Sargon the Ancient, who ruled around 
2800 B.C. in a city known as Babylon. 

BABYLONIAN (4000 B.c-125 b.c.) 

In a fertile plain in the Middle East, bordered by the Tigris 
and Euphrates Rivers, lies a region that was once known as 
Mesopotamia. The southern part was called Babylonia; the 
north was called Assyria. 

The Sumerians were the first people to settle in the 
area, sometime around 4000-3500 B.C. They were mostly 

shepherds and farmers, who apparently spent a great deal 
of time looking up at the sky. They soon noticed a connec- 
tion between the heavenly cycles and the cycles of growth 
in plants and food. Based on such observations, the Sume- 
rians began to worship three all-important gods: Sin the 
Moon god, who traveled in a crescent boat and was the 
most powerful; Shamash the Sun goddess; and Ishtar the 
goddess of fertility, whose home was the bright star of 

As in most early cultures, the astrologers were the priests, 
and the priests were not only religious leaders but leaders of 
government as well. Each priest ruled his separate province 
(called city-states) and dispensed divine wisdom to his fol- 
lowers. Large observatories or watchtowers (called ziggu- 
rats) were built for the priests to study the movement of the 
stars and planets. The ziggurats in the cities of Ur, Uruk, 
and Babylon were almost 300 feet high. We can still visit a 
ziggurat built by King U-Nammu, who founded the Third 
Sumerian Dynasty (2079-1960 B.C.). It is widely believed 
that the biblical story of the Tower of Babel describes the 
building of a ziggurat, and tells in mythic terms of the folly 
of trying to master the secret of the heavens. 

By the time the Babylonian culture was in full flower 
(between 2800 and 500 B.C.), astrology had become more 
sophisticated. Besides the Sun, Moon, and Venus, four 
other planets had been discovered (Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, 
and Saturn). The planets were given individual character- 
istics and properties, and a god was assigned to each. For 
example, Mars, reddish in color, became identified with 
the fiery god of war. Venus, seen early in the morning, was 
in a sense giving birth to the day; she was therefore a femi- 
nine planet, associated with love and fertility. To this day, 
Mars and Venus have these same characteristics in modern 

The Story of Astrology • 375 

The four seasons were also given symbols: Spring was a 
Bull, summer a Lamb, autumn a Scorpion, and winter a 
Turtle. These divisions of the calendar date back to the 
twelfth century B.C., and two symbols, the Bull and the 
Scorpion, are still used in modern astrology. Note also that 
in today's astrology, the Bull (Taurus) is the sign for late 
April and early May (spring), and the Scorpion (Scorpio) 
is in late October and early November (autumn). 

The invention of the modern zodiac is credited to the 
Babylonians. Cicero, the famous Roman orator who lived 
during the last century B.C., had an explanation for why the 
Babylonians were such acute astrologers: "They reside in 
vast plains where no mountains obstruct their view of the 
entire hemisphere, and so they have applied themselves 
mainly to that kind of divination called astrology." 

It was the early Babylonian priest-astrologers who set 
down the basic principles of astrology that have remained 
almost unchanged until today. They divided the sky into 
twelve equal parts, through which the Sun and Moon 
traveled. One theory is that they patterned the twelve di- 
visions after the twelve months in the Babylonian year, 
one month for each lunar cycle. The sky was thought of 
as a circle of 360 degrees with each division being 30 de- 
grees. This is the way astrologers measure the sky today. 
The twelve sky divisions, or signs as we call them, were 
given names: Aries, Pleiades, Gemini, Praesepe, Leo, 
Spica, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, 
and Pisces. The Greeks later changed Pleiades to Taurus, 
Praesepe to Cancer, and Spica to Virgo. These are the 
names we still use for the twelve signs of the zodiac. 

Each of the signs had a precise influence over events on 
Earth. Each ruled a plant, an animal, a precious stone, and 
a color. The Babylonians also named twelve Houses. These 
are divisions of the zodiac that govern various areas of life. 

The Babylonian Houses were 1) Life; 2) Riches and 
Poverty; 3) Brothers; 4) Parents; 5) Children; 6) Health 
and Illness; 7) Wife and Husband; 8) Death; 9) Religion 
10) Dignities; 11) Friendship; 12) Enmity. With some ex- 
ceptions, these are more or less what the Houses in mod- 
ern astrology govern. 

By the time of the reign of King Assurbanipal in the 
middle of the seventh century B.C., the basic tenets of as- 
trology had been set down. One of the reasons we know 
so much about King Assurbanipal is that he left behind a 
great library, much of which survives. We even have some 
memoranda written to the king by his astrologers. One of 
them (which reflects a narrowly monarchist point of view) 
reads in part as follows: 

To my Lord the King of all Countries — If an eclipse oc- 
curs but is not observed in the capital, such an eclipse 
is considered not to have happened. The capital means 
the city in which the King is staying. 

Astrology was mainly used for wide-scale predictions: 
weather forecasts, floods, good and bad harvests, eclipses, 
war, and the fortunes of the king. Around the fifth century 
B.C. astrology became more personal. There is a Babylon- 
ian horoscope dated 409 B.C. that is still in existence. We 
also have a translation of a horoscope cast in 234 B.C. for a 
man named Aristokrates: 

The position of Jupiter means that his life will be regu- 
lar. He will become rich and will grow old. The posi- 
tion of Venus means that wherever he may go it will be 
favorable for him. Mercury in Gemini means that he 
will have sons and daughters. 

376 • Astrology in History and Legend 

In Babylonian astrology the constellation of Cassiopeia 
rules over Syria and Palestine. This constellation was called 
the Woman with Child because every 300 years it pro- 
duced an unusually bright star. Astrologers calculate that 
this star appeared after the birth of Christ, and may be the 
very Star that the Three Wise Men followed to the Manger. 

The Jews of that era are also known to have practiced 
astrology. Among modern-day Jews the expression mazel 
tov is used on occasions of joy, such as birthdays, wed- 
dings, anniversaries. Few people know that mazel tov has 
its roots in astrology. The word mazelot in biblical Hebrew 
meant "sign of the zodiac" or "constellation," and thus to 
wish anyone mazel tov literally means to wish them a 
"good constellation." 

GREEK (900 b.c.-a.d. 150) 

The Greeks, who came later to the study of astrology, were 
not as patient observers of the skies as the Babylonians. 
Not until the ninth century B.C. did the Grecian as- 
trologers learn to differentiate between the stars and the 
planets. When they did discover there were five planets, 
they gave them names based on their appearance: Venus 
was the Herald of the Dawn because it appeared in the 
morning. (The Greeks did not yet realize that at times 
Venus also appeared in the evening. They thought that was 
a different planet, which they named Vespertine.) Mercury 
was the Twinkling Star. Mars was the Fiery Star. Jupiter 
was the Luminous Star, and Saturn the Brilliant Star. 

In the sixth century B.C. the philosopher Pythagoras 
wrote his famous Harmony of the Spheres. He said that 
the universe was a giant sphere that contained the earth 
and the air around it. His thoughts on the subject are 

The Sun, Moon, and planets revolve in concentric cir- 
cles, each fastened to a sphere or wheel. The swift revo- 
lution of each of these bodies causes a swish, or musi- 
cal hum, in the air. Evidently each planet will hum on a 
different pitch, depending on the ratios of their respec- 
tive orbits just as the tone of a string depends on its 
length. Thus the orbits in which the planets move 
form a kind of huge lyre whose strings are curved into 

Two hundred years after Pythagoras, in the fourth cen- 
tury B.C., a Greek astronomer and mathematician named 
Eudoxos introduced a calendar, based on the Babylonian 
one. Eudoxos also divided the sky into twelve equal signs. 
He was the first Greek astronomer to explain the move- 
ments of the planets in scientific terms. (Our word planet, 
incidentally, comes from the Greek plenetes, meaning 
"wanderer." While the stars remain fixed in their positions 
in the firmament, the planets move in their orbits, so they 
were thought of as travelers who crossed the sky and col- 
lected souls.) Eudoxos's theory was that the planets were 
held in place by spherical shells that kept them in their 

A turning point in Greek astrology came when Alexan- 
der the Great conquered Babylonia in 331 B.C. We know 
that Alexander consulted astrologers. There is a legend 
that when he was about to be born, an astrologer named 
Nektanebos stood by the bedside. Nektanebos asked 
Alexander's mother to hold back the birth until all the 
stars and omens were propitious. At last Nektanebos said, 
"Queen, you will now give birth to a ruler of the world," 
and Alexander was born. 

There is another story about Alexander's entry into 
Babylon. It seems that Babylonian astrologers had pre- 

The Story of Astrology • 377 

dieted Alexander would die in their city. To avoid this fate, 
he entered the city by the west gate, which was apparently 
not the expected route for a conqueror. The prediction did 
not come true, and Alexander went on to annex all of 
Babylonia, Persia, and India. However, when he did die, in 
June 323 B.C. at the age of thirty-three, it was in Babylon. 

The Greeks took over Babylonian astrology and made 
it theirs. They gave the five planets new names, taken from 
the gods of their mythology. Later, the Romans renamed 
the planets again, according to their gods of mythology. 
The Roman names are the ones we use today. Or, to be 
precise, they are an English translation of a Latin transla- 
tion of a Greek translation of the original Babylonian 

The father of modern astrology is Claudius Ptolemy. In 
A.D. 140 this Greek astronomer from Alexandria wrote a 
four-volume treatise called the Tetrabiblos (meaning The 
Four Books), in which he set down his observations and 
theories about the universe. The Tetrabiblos is considered 
the first modern textbook on astrology. Ptolemy described 
the function of the planets, houses, and signs of the zo- 
diac. He formulated the theory of aspects, in which the 
distances between the planets in one's astrological chart 
have a good or bad influence. The study of aspects is still 
an important part of modern astrology. 

Ptolemy's teachings remained unchanged for the next 
1,400 years. It was not until 1543, when Nicolaus Coperni- 
cus published his treatise, that Ptolemy's vision of the 
earth as the center of the universe was seriously chal- 

ROMAN (300 b.c. -a.d. 476) 

Astrology was brought to Rome by Greek slaves whom the 
Romans took captive. These early astrologers were some- 
times known as "astrologers of the circus"; the Romans 
liked to bet heavily at chariot races and brought along 
their Greek astrologer-slaves to predict winners for them. 

Astrology soon became a topic of great interest to Ro- 
mans. By the time of Julius Caesar (102-44 B.C.) just 
about every important Roman statesman and military 
man had his horoscope cast. Julius Caesar had a detailed 
horoscope prepared for him, and Mark Antony's as- 
trologer was a "gift" to him from Cleopatra. Caesar, in 
fact, wrote a book about different kinds of divinations. He 
was warned of his death by someone versed in astrology, 
"Beware the Ides of March." 

The Roman emperors who followed Caesar took astrol- 
ogy very seriously. Augustus (27 b.C.-a.d. 14) ordered 
coins to be minted that bore his astrological sign of Capri- 
corn. Two stories have grown up about his early experi- 
ences with astrologers. One is that on the day Augustus 
was born, his father, who was a senator, arrived late at the 
Senate because of the happy event. He explained to the as- 
sembly that a son had just been born. At that point, Nigid- 
ius, a famous Roman scholar and astrologer, stood up and 
predicted that the new child would grow up to be a ruler. 
The second story is about a time, before he was emperor, 
when Augustus visited an astrologer. The astrologer did 
not know who Augustus was. Suddenly, upon learning the 
birth date, the astrologer threw himself at Augustus's feet 
and worshipped him as the future master of the empire. 

Tiberius (a.d. 14-37), wno became emperor after Au- 
gustus, studied the horoscopes of political rivals. If he saw 
any that were likely to gain power in the future, he had 

378 • Astrology in History and Legend 

those persons put to death. Life under Tiberius was 
equally hazardous for astrologers. If the emperor was pre- 
sented with a horoscope he didn't like, he had the as- 
trologer thrown into the sea. Clearly, Tiberius believed that 
astrology should be a science in which never is heard a 
discouraging word. 

The infamous Emperor Nero (a.d. 54-68) believed in 
the auguries of the stars so firmly that he waited until his 
astrologer told him it was the propitious time before pro- 
claiming himself emperor. 

Emperor Hadrian (a.d. 117-138) announced on the first 
day of each year the events that his charts told him would 
happen during the coming year. Hadrian correctly pre- 
dicted the hour of his own death. If that happened today, 
it would cause the kind of shock among skeptics that 
would register high on the Richter scale. 

MODERN ERA (a.d. 1200-2000) 

After the fall of Rome, astrology went into a decline — ac- 
tually more of a total eclipse — from which it did not re- 
cover until after a.d. 1200. 

One of the reasons for its decline is that astrology be- 
came very linked with superstition during the Roman era. 
When Christianity became widespread, astrology was op- 
posed as the work of the devil and its study vigorously dis- 
couraged. St. Augustine (354-430) was one of those in the 
early Church who vehemently preached against the prac- 
tice of astrology. 

Though there was little astrology practiced in Europe 
during this time, it did not disappear completely. It merely 
changed its principal residence for a time. In the Arab 
world astrology remained a serious science. One of the 

great and most renowned Arab astrologers is Albumassar 
(805-886), and translations of his writings found their 
way into Europe and were influential in turning the tide 
back toward astrology. 

Another influence in turning the tide was the renowned 
Church figure St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). He lent 
legitimacy to the study of the stars when he declared, "The 
celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the 
sublunar world." 

By the time of the Renaissance, astrology was in full 
bloom again. The Catholic popes now used astrology as a 
matter of course, and Leo X (1475-1521) had many as- 
trologers on staff at the papal court. The di Medici family, 
the ruling princes of Italy from around 1400 to 1600, were 
great patrons of astrology along with arts and literature. 
Catherine di Medici was influenced by Nostradamus, the 
famous French astrologer and physician. He correctly pre- 
dicted the death of her husband Henry II — and its exact 
circumstances — four years before it happened. 

In the sixteenth century, a lonely and frightened young 
princess in prison, facing possible death, had her horo- 
scope read by a Dr. John Dee. Dee told her that she 
would live to ascend to the throne. Throughout the long 
reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Dr. Dee continued to advise 
her on affairs of state as well as on her more personal af- 

One of the famous names in astrology at that time is 
William Lilly (1602-1681), an English astrologer who ac- 
curately predicted the Great Fire of London. As a result, he 
was summoned before Parliament and charged with hav- 
ing conspired to set the fire. He was later acquitted. 

Toward the end of the seventeenth century, astrology 
again fell into disfavor. The succeeding century was known 

The Story of Astrology • 379 

as the Age of Enlightenment, and astrology was linked 
with superstition and occultism. 

During these skeptical times, in 1781, Sir William Her- 
schel discovered a new planet, first called Herschel and 
then renamed Uranus. This contributed to a growing feel- 
ing by the public that astrologers simply had their facts 
wrong when giving their chart of the heavens. Astrologers 
also had to accommodate to the discovery of the planet 
Neptune in 1846 and the discovery of Pluto in 1930. This 
did not prove hard to do. Just as astronomers were doing, 
astrologers simply enlarged their vision of the universe. 
The three new planets are now very much a part of mod- 
ern astrology. 

The founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875 by 
Madame Helena Blavatsky started astrology on the come- 
back trail. The aims of the society were to encourage the 
study of comparative religions and to investigate unex- 
plained laws of nature. The Theosophical Society played a 
large part in the revival of intellectual interest in astrology, 
and many prominent astrologers of the day were active in 
the society. 

Around the turn of the century, two very popular as- 
trologers helped to bring astrology to millions. In effect, 
they discovered the power of the media to promote ideas. 
Alan Leo, a British astrologer, published an influential mag- 
azine called The Astrologer's Magazine. In 1914 he was taken 
to court for being a fortune-teller. The case was dismissed. 
In 1917 he was prosecuted again, and this time fined twenty- 
five pounds. Alan Leo's magazine, renamed Modern Astrol- 
ogy, flourished and gained many new converts to astrology. 
Leo lectured widely and wrote a number of astrology text- 
books, still in use today. His were the first books that ex- 
plained astrology to the layperson. 

The famed astrologer Evangeline Adams has been 
called the First American Astrologer. Miss Adams's reputa- 
tion was established during her first visit to New York 
when she said that the hotel in which she was staying "was 
under the worst possible combination of planets, bringing 
conditions terrifying in their unfriendliness." That night 
the hotel burned to the ground. 

In 1914 (the same year as Alan Leo's trial in England), 
Miss Adams was also brought to trial in America. She, too, 
was charged as a fortune-teller. In court she was given an 
anonymous horoscope to interpret. The horoscope was 
that of the judge's son. Miss Adams's reading was so accu- 
rate that the judge congratulated her, remarking that "the 
defendant raises astrology to the dignity of an exact sci- 
ence." He dismissed the charge against her. By 1930 Evan- 
geline Adams had a very popular radio program on astrol- 
ogy, which won hundreds of thousands of converts. 

During World War Two, Nazi leaders used astrology for 
propaganda purposes. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propa- 
ganda minister, had a number of astrologers on his staff, 
among them one Karl Ernst Krafft, who translated and 
reinterpreted the predictions of Nostradamus in ways that 
seemed to favor the Nazi cause. Krafft fell from grace after 
Rudolph Hess's defection to England. (The Nazis blamed 
astrology for Hess's defection, saying he was "crazed by as- 
trologers.") Krafft later died in a concentration camp. 

Beginning in the 1960s, we have seen a new resurgence 
of interest in astrology. It is not just popular with the 
younger generation or with those who read newspaper 
horoscopes every day. It is also the subject of serious re- 
search. More people are learning more about this oldest 
science all the time. 

In 1988, astrology became headline news when a White 

380 • Astrology in History and Legend 

House adviser revealed that First Lady Nancy Reagan, wife 
of President Ronald Reagan, regularly consulted a personal 
astrologer. Mrs. Reagan apparently used her astrologer's 
advice to schedule key events and appointments, both for 
herself and her husband. Understandably, this created a 
great stir in the media and the general public, who felt that 
astrology should not be a controlling factor in national 
politics. Mrs. Reagan defended herself, saying she sought 
the support and counsel of an astrologer, who became her 
confidante, only after her husband's near-fatal brush with 
an assassin's bullet on March 30, 1981. The astrological 
community has long understood that the Reagans con- 
sulted astrologers as far back as the 1960s, when Ronald 
Reagan was governor of California. 

Nancy Reagan's description of her relationship with her 
astrologer is interesting. Joan Quigley, the astrologer, be- 
came a psychological support for Mrs. Reagan, an intimate 
friend who listened sympathetically to her problems and 
anxieties. The value of this role of counselor and sup- 
porter is often overlooked when arguing the pros and cons 
of astrology and, indeed, is in itself a great benefit to those 
who seek the advice of an astrologer. 

More and more, astrology has entered the mainstream 
of our culture. It is no longer considered out of the ordi- 
nary for people in business, commerce, banking, the law, 
the arts, politics — in fact, almost every major profes- 
sion — to consult a personal astrologer. 

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The Legend behind Each Sign 

In ancient times, the sky above us was seen as a giant hollow dome rising over a flat earth, much like 
an inverted teacup resting on a saucer. Later, this vision of the Earth and the surrounding sky changed to 
that of a hollow sphere — like an enormous soap bubble with the globe of the Earth in its center. The Sun 
made a journey every year around the edge of the sky-bubble; within the space of one year it made a complete 

The path of the Sun's circle around the Earth is known as the ecliptic. This narrow band of the Sun's path is 
the zodiac. The zodiac is a belt circling the earth, 16° wide (8° above the ecliptic and 8° below the ecliptic) and 
360° around. Within this belt are contained the orbits of all the planets in our solar system except Pluto, which 
has an extraordinarily wide path. Also within this belt are stars, which the ancients arranged in patterns called 
constellations. To the early stargazers most of these constellations looked like animals, so this belt of constella- 
tions became known as the zodiac — from the Greek word zodiakos, meaning "circle of animals." 

The zodiac is divided into twelve constellations, each with a name and each given the shape of an animal or 
figure. Using these constellations, the ancient astrologers named the twelve astrological signs. 

The zodiac belt may be imagined (in the sense that it is a man-made division of the heavens), but the stars 
within that belt are real. If you could simultaneously stand at various spots circling our globe, you would be able 
to see all twelve constellations in the sky at one time. These constellations were known long before Ptolemy cat- 
egorized them in his textbooks, and each constellation has a story handed down through ancient myths. This 
folklore has become very much a part of our knowledge of each astrological sign. 


The first s I G n of the zodiac is represented by the 
Ram. In mythology, the Ram has always been coura- 
geous and enterprising, a lively, energetic animal able to 
bound over obstacles and rocky terrain. 

The story of the Ram begins in ancient Greece with a king 
named Athamus who ruled the province of Boetia. Athamus 
married a woman called Nephele, and they had two beautiful 
children, a son and daughter they named Phrixus and Helle. 

After a time, Athamus grew tired of Nephele and deserted 
her. He took a second wife, Ino, and they had two sons. Ino 
was a jealous and conniving woman who hated her stepchil- 
dren Phrixus and Helle, and set about plotting their deaths. 

The first thing she did was convince the women of her 
country to roast the corn before planting it. This effectively 
cancelled out the crops that year. Famine swept the land. The 
king sent a messenger to the Oracle at Delphi to find out 
what caused the crop failure. Apparently, it never occurred to 
him to ask the women who planted the crops, but this is the 
sort of oversight of which some modern political leaders are 
also guilty. 

Ino managed to bribe the king's messenger to return from 
Delphi and tell the king that the crops would not grow again 
until the lives of his children Phrixus and Helle were sacri- 

ficed to the god Jupiter. The gullible king planned to have his 
son and daughter killed in order to save his people. 

A quick shift now to Phrixus and Helle, who were tending 
their sheep. In their flock was a Ram with golden fleece. This 
Golden Ram had been given to their mother Nephele as a 
present from the god Hermes (Mercury). Nephele, getting 
wind of what evil was afoot, begged the Ram to save her chil- 
dren. The Ram spoke with the voice of a man to warn 
Phrixus and Helle of their danger, then told them to climb 
onto his back. Then he flew with them across the sea. 

Unfortunately, as they were crossing the strait that divides 
Europe and Asia, Helle grew dizzy and faint and slipped off 
the Ram's back. She fell into the sea and drowned. To this 
day, the strait into which she fell is named after her, the 

Her brother Phrixus, however, was carried safely to the 
land of Colchis. This put an end to the plot of the villainous 
Ino, though it does not seem to have done much to relieve 
the famine or to have brought King Athamus to his senses. 

Rather ungratefully it would seem, Phrixus killed the 
Golden Ram as a sacrifice to Jupiter, who in turn placed the 
Ram's likeness among the stars in heaven to honor him for 
his heroism. 

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The second sign of the zodiac is represented by the 
Bull, an animal that is both fierce and gentle and has al- 
ways symbolized strength and sexuality. 

The myth of the Bull begins with Jupiter, supreme god of 
ancient Greece, ruler of heaven, of lesser gods, and men. 
Jupiter had a strong romantic streak, and had numerous love 
affairs, wives, and mistresses. One such love affair concerns 
the beautiful Princess Europa, daughter of the King of 

Europa led a very sheltered existence in her father's palace 
and knew nothing of the world outside. One night she had a 
prophetic dream in which a strange woman held out her 
arms to Europa and said, "I shall bring you to Jupiter, for des- 
tiny has appointed you his beloved." 

Sure enough, that day when Europa and a group of young 
maidens went out to pick roses and hyacinths in a meadow by 
the sea, Jupiter saw her and was thunderstruck by her beauty. 
There and then he determined to have her. 

Jupiter knew that an innocent young girl like Europa 
would run from him if he showed himself in his own godlike 

image, so he transformed himself into a Bull. He became not 
an ordinary bull, but a magnificent white Bull with jewel-like 
horns and a silver crescent moon in the middle of his fore- 

Europa was fascinated by the beautiful, gentle Bull, and 
began to caress him. Finally she climbed onto his back. That 
was just what Jupiter wanted. He sprang into the air and car- 
ried her away to the island of Crete. There, he changed him- 
self back to his true likeness and declared his love for Europa. 
Under the boughs of a large tree, he and Europa became 

Not long afterward Venus, the goddess of love, appeared to 
Europa to confess that she was the strange woman in the 
dream. From now on, Venus told her, the continent to which 
Jupiter had taken her would be known as Europe. 

This adulterous love story (Jupiter was married to the 
goddess Juno) has a happy ending. Europa bore Jupiter three 
children, and Jupiter took the likeness of the Bull and placed 
it in the heavens. 

The Zodiac 


Gemini is the sign of the Twins. It is the third sign 
of the zodiac and the first to have a human rather than 
an animal symbol. 

The myth of the Twins, like that of the previous sign Tau- 
rus, also involves Jupiter and his eye for a pretty face. In this 
story, the object of his affections is a beautiful woman, Leda, 
married to Tyndareus, king of Sparta. The lustful god Jupiter, 
apparently unwilling to try the bull ploy twice (see Taurus), 
changed himself into the form of a magnificent swan. Details 
of the encounter are a bit sketchy, but he did manage to se- 
duce Leda while disguised as a swan. 

From this remarkable union, Leda bore two eggs. The 
story goes that one of the eggs was the offspring of Jupiter, 
and that the other was the offspring of Leda's mortal hus- 
band. The two eggs produced four children: two brothers, 
Castor and Pollux, and two sisters, Helen of Troy and 
Clytemnestra. It is unclear exactly whom Jupiter sired. Some 
versions of the tale say that Castor and Pollux were his im- 
mortal offspring. Others have Castor and Helen as Jupiter's 

In either case, the twin brothers Castor and Pollux grew 

up strong and stalwart and inseparable. Castor became fa- 
mous for his skill as a horse-tamer; Pollux was renowned as a 
superb boxer. When they were young men they joined Jason 
and his Argonauts on their expedition to find the Golden 
Fleece. During a storm at sea, two stars appeared over the 
heads of the twins and the storm miraculously ended. Be- 
cause of that incident, Castor and Pollux are considered the 
patron saints of travelers at sea. (During storms at sea, these 
lights are still seen twinkling at the top of ships' masts and 
other tall spires. They are caused by the discharge of electric- 
ity. The legend is that if two lights are seen, the storm will 
cease; if only one appears, the storm will grow worse.) 

The twin brothers are described as high-spirited young 
men. Unfortunately, during a battle Castor met his death. 
Pollux was inconsolable. At last he went to his father Jupiter 
to beg him to bring Castor back to life. In turn, Pollux volun- 
teered to give up his own life as ransom. 

Jupiter rewarded the brothers' great love and attachment 
to each other by placing them in the sky as stars. There they 
shine in the constellation of Gemini, side by side throughout 
the ages. 

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The fourth s I GN of the zodiac is symbolized by the 
Crab, a water creature that is also capable of walking on 
land. We know that the crab symbol was placed in the zodiac 
some five hundred years before Christ. The Chaldeans gave it 
the name of Cancer, or Crab, because the crab's backward or 
oblique movement appeared to represent the Sun's movement 
upon reaching this sign. When the Sun reaches the sign of 
Cancer (around June 21) it seems to remain stationary for a 
few days. The Sun's entry into Cancer begins the summer sol- 
stice; the very word solstice signifies "the Sun standing still." 
In Egypt, the constellation was called Stars of the Water 
and was represented by two turtles. (This may have been be- 
cause the constellation was seen at dawn when the Nile was at 
its lowest; Nile turtles were rather plentiful at that time of 
year.) Many astrologers think that Cancer the Crab is a meld- 
ing of the Egyptian turtles and a Babylonian water creature 
called Allul, which was apparently a kind of tortoise. All three 
water creatures — turtles, tortoise, and crab — are similar in 
important ways. They resemble each other in form, and all 

are hard-shelled and move slowly (like the Sun's movement 
on entering Cancer). 

According to Greek legend, Cancer is the giant crab that 
attacked the foot of Hercules while he was engaged in battle 
with the monstrous nine-headed serpent Hydra. Hercules, 
son of the god Jupiter and a mortal woman Alcmena, had 
been sent on twelve difficult and heroic undertakings, known 
as the Twelve Labors of Hercules. One of Hercules's Labors 
was to slay the evil serpent Hydra. Hercules was having his 
hands full as the crab attacked, for every time Hercules cut off 
one of Hydra's heads, two more grew in its place. 

The crab's attack on Hercules was instigated by Juno, 
Jupiter's jealous wife, who was set on Hercules's destruction. 
Unfortunately, the giant crab's attack sealed its own doom, for 
Hercules crushed it before proceeding to dispatch the Hydra. 

However, legend has it that Juno was grateful for the crab's 
attempt to carry out her orders. As a reward for its obedience 
and sacrifice, she placed the crab's figure in the heavens along 
with other heroic symbols. 

The Zodiac 


Leo, fifth sign of the zodiac, is represented 
by the Lion, king of beasts. Traditionally, the mythology 
of the Lion is based on the story of Hercules and the Nemean 

Hercules was the son of the great god Jupiter and the 
mortal woman Alcmena. Jupiter's wife Juno, understandably 
jealous of Jupiter's numerous love affairs, set herself against 
Hercules from the time he was a baby. When he was a young 
man Hercules was compelled to embark on twelve heroic and 
desperate undertakings, known as the Twelve Labors of Her- 

The first Labor was to go to the valley of Nemea and there 
kill the savage and fearless Nemean lion. The skin of this lion 
could not be hurt by the weapons of man. Stone, iron, and 

bronze simply bounced off his pelt. Hercules tried to kill the 
lion with arrows, but they just fell away from the lion's side. 
Finally Hercules wrestled with the lion barehanded. Because 
he possessed such great strength, he managed to get a grip 
around the lion's neck and strangle him to death. In the 
process, the lion bit off Hercules's finger, which by any meas- 
ure would seem to indicate he got off lightly. 

After he killed the beast, Hercules skinned the magical 
pelt. From the skin, Hercules made himself a breastplate, and 
from the lion's jaw he formed a helmet. This new armor was 
to prove very valuable during his subsequent Labors. 

The constellation of Leo is said to commemorate the brav- 
ery of combat between Hercules and the magnificent Ne- 
mean Lion. 

• Astrology in History and Legend 

VIRGO is the sixth s I G n of the zodiac and the 
second sign to have a human representation rather than 
an animal one. Virgo is often depicted as a young woman 
holding a sheaf of wheat, for the constellation of Virgo has al- 
ways been associated with the harvest. Babylonians called the 
constellation The Furrow, and it was represented by a corn 
goddess. The most prominent star in Virgo is named Spica, 
meaning Ear of Corn. 

The legend of Virgo is found in the Greek myth of Cre- 
ation. The story goes that before men or animals lived on 
Earth, a race of giants, called titans, ruled the world. Two ti- 
tan brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus, were given the 
task of creating human beings and animals. When this was 
done, Epimetheus set about giving various gifts to the ani- 
mals — wings to one kind, claws to another, etc. He was so 
generous that when it came time to dispense something to 
mankind, he had nothing left to give, so he asked Prometheus 
for help. Prometheus went into heaven and came back with 
the gift of fire. This made man superior to other species, for 
with fire he could keep warm, make tools, and eventually de- 
velop commerce and science. 

Jupiter, chief of gods, became so angry at the gods' secret 
of fire being given to man that he bound Prometheus to a 
rock on Mount Caucasus where an eagle constantly tore at his 
liver, though never entirely consuming it. He also sent a curse 
to Earth, brought by the first woman. Her name was Pandora, 
meaning "a gift of all the gods." 

Pandora brought with her a box, which she was told never 
to open. One day, seized with curiosity, she lifted the lid of 
the box. Out sprang terrible plagues to haunt mankind for- 
ever after: sickness and death for the body; anger, envy, and 
revenge for the mind. At the bottom of the box lay the one 
thing that had not escaped — hope. 

During the terrible times that followed, the gods deserted 
Earth one by one and went to live in heaven. The very last to 
leave was Astraea, goddess of innocence and purity. After 
leaving the Earth, Astraea was placed among the stars and be- 
came the constellation of Virgo. The legend is that one day 
the Golden Age will come again, and that Astraea (Virgo) will 
return to Earth. 

The Zodiac 


Libra is the seventh astrological sign and the only 
one to have a symbol that is neither animal nor human. 
The Scales represent balance and justice, harmony and equi- 

Like the previous sign, Virgo, Libra is associated with the 
harvest, for in ancient times grains and crops were weighed 
on scales after they were harvested. The Scales also have a 
more profound symbolism. They are the scales of judgment 
for the dead, where souls are weighed. 

In Egyptian religion the scales of judgment were the sole 
province of the god Anubis, Conductor of Souls. Anubis, who 
had the head of a jackal, guided the dead through the under- 
world and made sure they were weighed fairly. He was the 
master of the balance (the scale). There is in existence a 
painting, called the Papyrus of Ani, dated around 1500 B.C., 
that shows a judgment scene. Anubis is crouching by a large 
scale weighing the heart of a dead person. In one bowl of the 

scale rests the heart; in the other bowl Truth sits, symbolized 
by a feather. In this depiction, the scale is equally balanced. In 
Egyptian religion, the dead heart (or soul) had to be in har- 
mony with Truth before it could pass into the afterlife. 

The Scales have also long been associated with the concept 
of justice and the law. We have all seen statues of the embodi- 
ment of Justice. She is a woman who is blindfolded and who 
holds the scale in her hands. The Scales are the symbol of im- 
partiality, of rendering to each person his or her rightful due. 

In Greek mythology Justice was represented by the god- 
dess Themis, mother of Astraea (see Virgo). Themis and her 
daughter Astraea are the constellations of Libra and Virgo, 
who shine side by side in the firmament. The legend is that 
when the human race finally reaches its Golden Age, Themis 
(symbolizing justice) and her daughter (symbolizing inno- 
cence) will return to Earth. 

390 • Astrology in History and Legend 

The eighth siGNof the zodiac is represented by the 
Scorpion, a poisonous creature that can paralyze its vic- 
tims with the sting of its tail. 

The sign of Scorpio suffers from its association with the 
scorpion, since its symbol is often hated and feared. The scor- 
pion, however, was not always reviled. In ancient Egypt it was 
deified in the form of Selket, the scorpion-goddess. Selket was 
the protectress of the dead, and she is often seen on walls of 
tombs with her wings spread out in a protective gesture. 

The classical myth of the Scorpion begins with the death 
of Orion, a beautiful young giant and a great hunter who was 
the son of Neptune (god of the sea). Tales of Orion's prowess, 
strength, and manliness are legend. The story of his death is 
related in many versions. One is that Eos, goddess of the 

dawn, fell in love with him and carried him away with her. 
Diana, the moon-goddess, became jealous that Eos should 
take a mortal lover and commanded a scorpion to kill Orion. 

Another version is that Orion tried to rape Diana, and she 
brought a giant scorpion out of the earth that stung Orion to 

After Orion's death, Jupiter placed both Orion and the 
Scorpion among the stars. They each became a constellation. 
Orion, with his golden armor and sword in hand, is one of 
the brightest and most spectacular constellations in the heav- 
ens on a winter night. But when the Scorpion, who was 
placed in the zodiac, rises in summer, the brilliance of Orion 

The Zodiac • 391 

Sagittarius, the ninth s I G n of the zodiac, is de- 
picted as an Archer, but the Archer is not an ordinary 
man drawing a bow. He is a centaur, that mythological crea- 
ture who is half man and half horse. Sagittarius is the only 
astrological sign to have both a human and animal represen- 

The constellation of Sagittarius, however, is not just any 
centaur. It is the great and wise Chiron, a son of the titan-god 
Saturn. Chiron was a friend and confidant of both gods and 
men. The gods taught Chiron the arts of medicine, hunting 
and riding, music, and prophecy. In turn, Chiron himself be- 
came a renowned teacher. Among his famous pupils were 
Achilles, Jason, Castor and Pollux, and Hercules. 

One day, while the great Hercules was hunting a danger- 

ous boar, he accidentally struck Chiron in the knee with a 
poisonous shaft. Chiron suffered the agony of dying, but be- 
cause he was immortal he could not die. Hercules promised 
to find Death to release him. On his journey Hercules came 
across poor Prometheus, chained throughout eternity to a 
rock where an eagle tore at his liver. The supreme god Jupiter 
had put a curse on Prometheus: his torture would last until 
someone of his own free will consented to suffer in his place. 
The dying Chiron took Prometheus's place. Thus, the curse 
was fulfilled. Chiron was allowed to die, and Prometheus was 
set free by Hercules. 

After Chiron's death Jupiter rewarded his noble character 
by placing the heroic centaur among the stars, and he became 
the constellation Sagittarius. 

392 • Astrology in History and Legend 

The tenth siGNof the zodiac is represented by the 
Goat, a sure-footed animal who scales the heights by tak- 
ing advantage of every foothold. 

In ancient times, the Goat was depicted as part goat and 
part fish, with its front half the goat and its back half the fish. 
In many old drawings and engravings you will see the Goat 
pictured with a fish tail, and in some astrology books Capri- 
corn is known as the Sea-Goat. 

The Sea-Goat in the Babylonian religion was a great and 
revered god named Ea, who brought learning and culture to 
the people of Mesopotamia. In the valley of Mesopotamia, ir- 
rigation of land and crops came primarily from the flooding 
of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Because of this, people be- 
lieved there was an ocean of fresh water underneath the 
earth. The god Ea lived in that ocean. Every day he came out 

of the underground sea to dispense his wisdom, and every 
night he returned there. 

By the time of Greek and Roman culture, Capricorn had 
become associated with the god Pan, a sporting and lusty 
creature who ruled over woodlands and fields, flocks and 
shepherds. Pan was a man from the waist up and a goat from 
the waist down. He had goat ears and goat horns. 

Pan was fond of music and was famous for playing the 
pipes. His shepherd's pipe, called a syrinx, was actually a 
nymph who had rejected his sexual advances. Pan turned her 
into a musical instrument, saying that if he could not have 
her one way she would be his in a new guise. 

In time, Pan became known as the god of Nature. Certain 
qualities of Pan's — sexuality, impudence, a love of 
nature — have become part of the character of Capricorn. 

The Zodiac 


The eleventh sign of the zodiac has as its symbol 
the Water Bearer, a human figure carrying a jar or recep- 
tacle from which water pours out in a stream. 

The symbol of the Water Bearer goes back to both Egypt- 
ian and Babylonian religion. In Egypt the Water Bearer was 
the god Hap, the personification of the river Nile. Hap car- 
ried two vases of water, which represented both the South 
and North Nile, and was considered the sustainer of life. All 
living things would die without the waters of Hap. 

In Greek literature the constellation of Aquarius was 
called the Water Pourer, and is sometimes thought to repre- 
sent the god Jupiter, who at a command caused the waters to 
pour from heaven. It also commemorates Deucalion, the only 
man to come through the Great Flood unharmed. 

At the beginning of creation, gods and humanity lived in 
harmony during an era called the Golden Age. The earth pro- 
duced food without people having to till the soil; the waters 
flowed with wine and honey. Then Pandora opened her box 

of evils, and plagues and sickness of the mind and body were 
released on Earth. 

The great god Jupiter looked down and decided to rid the 
world of people and create a new race worthier of life. With 
the help of his brother Neptune, Jupiter covered the earth 
with water. Only two people were saved, Deucalion and his 
wife Pyrrha, who were both just and pious and who wor- 
shipped the gods faithfully. They took refuge on Mount Par- 
nassus, and when Jupiter saw them he remembered their ex- 
emplary lives. He caused the waters to recede and the earth to 
dry up. Then Deucalion and Pyrrha were commanded to cast 
the bones of their mother behind them. Deucalion inter- 
preted "the bones of his mother" to mean the stones of the 
earth, and he and Pyrrha began to pick up stones and cast 
them behind themselves as they walked. These stones slowly 
turned into human beings; the ones Deucalion threw became 
men, and the stones Pyrrha threw became women. Thus, 
Deucalion became the father of a new race of mankind. 

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PISCES, the Fishes 

THE TWELFTH AND LAST S I G N of the Zodiac is 
represented by two fishes, tied to one another al- 
though swimming in opposite directions. The two fishes 
in water symbolize conflicting currents of emotion and 
hidden depths. 

The constellation of Pisces has been known as Two 
Fishes as long ago as 2000 B.C. The Babylonian name for 
this constellation, Kun, has been translated as The Tails (of 
the fishes). Kun is also known as The Band or The Leash 
(the string that connects the two fishes). Tied to this leash 
were two fish goddesses, Anunitum and Simmah, who rep- 
resented the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. 

In Greek mythology the Two Fishes are associated with 
a story of Venus and Cupid. A great and terrible monster 
named Typhon had a hundred dragon heads, eyes that 

shot fire, and a voice that was a combination of hissing 
snakes, bellowing bulls, and roaring lions. 

One day Venus (goddess of love and beauty) and her 
son Cupid were walking along the Euphrates River when 
Typhon suddenly appeared. His hundred heads flicked 
dark tongues and the eyes flashed fire. Typhon was intent 
on the goddess's and her son's destruction. Terrified and 
unable to flee, Venus called on her father Jupiter for help. 
Jupiter quickly changed Venus and Cupid into two fishes, 
and they jumped into the river and escaped. Another ver- 
sion of this story is that two brave fishes leapt out of the 
water to rescue Venus and Cupid and carry them off on 
their backs through the river to safety. As a reward, Min- 
erva (the virgin goddess) placed the two fishes among the 
stars, where they became the constellation of Pisces. 

The Zodiac • 395 

Part Five 


1 3 

Everyone seems to have heard about the Age of Aquarius. Depending on which astrologer you 
consult, we have either begun or will soon begin the Aquarian Age. 
But what exactly is the Age of Aquarius? 

To answer that question, we must backtrack a little. As you know, looking at the Sun from our vantage point 
here on Earth, it travels around the Earth once every year. On its journey, the Sun travels a narrow path (called 
the ecliptic), and passes through the twelve signs of the zodiac. 

When the foundation stones of the science of astrology were first formally put in place in Babylonian times, 
the signs of the zodiac were named after actual constellations of stars in the sky. Those early astronomers had no- 
ticed that the Sun journeyed through the same constellations every year. During the spring, the path of the Sun 
crossed over the constellation of Aries. In the fall, the path of the Sun crossed over the constellation of 

The beginning of the astrological year is a point called the vernal equinox. This is where the Sun's path 
crosses the celestial equator (the line that divides the heavens into a northern half and a southern half). At that 
point, day and night are equal in length. The word equinox comes from the Latin, meaning "equal night" (i.e., 
night is equal to the day). There are two equinoxes during the year, vernal and autumnal. The vernal equinox 
begins spring; the autumnal equinox begins autumn. The vernal equinox also begins the first astrological sign 
(Aries) and the first half of the zodiac; the autumnal equinox begins the seventh sign (Libra) and the second 
half of the zodiac. 

When astrology was first formalized, the vernal equinox signaled the beginning of the Sun's entrance not 
only into the sign of Aries but also into the constellation of Aries. At that time, the two were considered to be 
identical. Since then, however, astrology and astronomy have diverged. The signs of the zodiac no longer corre- 
spond to the same constellations in the sky. Thus, nowadays, when an astronomer talks about Taurus, he or she 


means the actual group of stars in the heavens that make 
up the constellation of Taurus. When an astrologer talks 
about Taurus, he or she refers to the second astrological 
sign, that 30° segment of the zodiac that controls a whole 
set of characteristics, symbols, and associations. 

It was in the second century B.C. that a Greek as- 
tronomer named Hipparchus discovered a phenomenon 
called the precession of the equinoxes. He found that, ever 
so slowly, the Earth shifts in its position as it spins 
through the solar system. Scientists sometimes refer to this 
slight shift as the Earth's "wobble," because it somewhat 
resembles a top wobbling as it spins. Instead of remaining 
upright, the poles of the Earth, like the top and bottom of 
a spinning toy, lean from side to side as the Earth rotates 
on its axis. Over the span of a great many years, this lean- 
ing of the Earth changes the placement of the celestial 
equator, because the celestial equator is on the same line 
as the Earth's equator except that it is projected out into 
the heavens. Therefore, as the position of the Earth shifts, 
the line of the celestial equator shifts. 

All of this adds up to the fact that as time passes, the 
vernal equinox (the point where the path of the Sun 
crosses the celestial equator) takes place in an entirely dif- 
ferent constellation. This slow motion of the Earth's tilt is 
called the precession of the equinoxes because, during the 
span of many, many years, the equinoxes slowly travel 
through all the constellations of the zodiac, in backward 
order. (If they traveled in forward order, no doubt it 
would have been called the procession of the equinoxes.) 

When the Babylonians calculated the zodiac, the ver- 
nal equinox took place in the constellation of Aries. Around 
the time of the birth of Christ (the beginning of A.D.), the 
Earth had shifted enough so that the vernal equinox took 
place in the constellation of Pisces. Around the year a.d. 

2000, the vernal equinox began to take place in the con- 
stellation of Aquarius. Hence, "this is the dawning of the 
Age of Aquarius." 

Little by little, at the infinitesimal rate of approxi- 
mately 1 degree every 7Vi years, the equinoxes move 
through the zodiac. In the space of about 2,150 years, the 
equinoxes move through one sign of the zodiac. In the 
time span of approximately 25,820 years, the equinoxes 
move through the entire twelve signs of the zodiac. This 
26,000-year time span is called a Great Year. Each 2,100- 
year transit through a sign is called a Great Month; a 
Great Month is also referred to as an Age. 

For the past 2,000 years or so, mankind was living in 
the Age of Pisces; we have now entered the Age of Aquar- 
ius. Because such vast amounts of time are involved, it is 
difficult to give an exact year to the beginning of a new 
Age. For example, some astrologers mark the beginning of 
the Aquarian Age at the end of World War Two. The vener- 
able astrological association, the Church of Light, puts the 
date as early as 1881. Astrologer Capel McCutcheon be- 
lieved we entered the new Age in the 1970s with the ad- 
vent of the computer. The psychologist Carl lung and the 
astrologer Charles Jayne both predicted that the new Age 
would begin during the decade of the 1990s. Others, like 
the Irish astrologer Cyril Fagan, set the date as far ahead as 
2300-2400. The consensus, however, is that as of the year 
2000 we were definitely in the Age of Aquarius. 

Each Age is characterized by the astrological sign of 
that era. During its existence, our earth has gone through 
thousands of Great Years. Scientists estimate our Earth to 
be as old as 4.6 billion years, which means that it has 
passed through almost 177,000 Great Years. But hu- 
mankind's ancestors, creatures who first walked upright 
on two legs, have been on Earth for only 115 Great Years 

400 • Astrology in Our Time 

(3 million years). And Neanderthal Man walked this earth 
only nine Great Years ago. 

Astrologers trace mankind's written history only as far 
back as the Age of Leo. 


(CIRCA 10,000 B.C. TO 8000 B.C.) 

This Age is characterized by the energy and creativity of 
human beings learning how to use their environment. Men 
and women lived in caves and learned to refine highly fin- 
ished and polished stone implements. The Sun, ruler of 
Leo, was of paramount importance to Neolithic (New 
Stone Age) people, for during this era human beings ac- 
quired a limited ability to raise food (agriculture) rather 
than merely hunt and gather it. According to astrologers, 
cave paintings from this age (the first written history) 
show a marked Leo influence. 


(CIRCA 8000 B.C. TO 6000 B.C.) 

It was during this Age that human beings abandoned their 
caves and formed fixed dwellings aboveground (the Can- 
cerian influence to make a home). People learned to spin 
and weave and make pottery. They began to grow varied 
crops and to domesticate animals. Moon worship and fer- 
tility rites abounded during this era. (Cancer is ruled by 
the Moon and is the sign of domesticity, fertility, and 


(CIRCA 6000 B.C. TO 4000 B.C.) 

This Age is marked by the development of writing (Gem- 
ini is the sign of communication). Mankind expanded its 
intellectual capacities by beginning to record and to store 
information. The invention of the wheel made rudimen- 
tary commerce and travel possible (both ruled by Gemini). 


(CIRCA 4000 B.C. TO 2000 B.C.) 

The great Egyptian civilization, with its emphasis on culti- 
vation of land and new technology of building (the pyra- 
mids), echoes the influence of earthy Taurus. Both the es- 
thetic nature of Taurus and its solidity are reflected in the 
beautiful art and architecture of this Age. 


(CIRCA 2000 B.C. TO 1 B.C.) 

This era is known as the Iron Age, when mankind learned 
to fashion weapons from iron (Aries rules the metal iron). 
The Age is also characterized by its militancy and aggres- 
sive spirit. During this era Assyria and the Greek city-states 
rose to power, and Alexander the Great conquered the 
world. In the latter part of the Age, militaristic Rome be- 
came the most powerful empire ever known. 

The Age of Aquarius • 401 


(CIRCA A.D. 1 TO A.D. 2000) 

The enormous influence of Christianity changed the 
world during this era (Pisces is the sign of spiritual knowl- 
edge). The fish (symbol of Pisces) is also the symbol of 

Christianity. Drawings of fish were used as secret signs be- 
tween early Christians. Christ called His apostles "fishers 
of men." This Age is marked by sacrifice and struggle 
(qualities associated with Pisces). 

What will the Age of Aquarius be like? 

Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of brotherhood and hu- 
manitarianism, aglow with Utopian ideals. In the coming 
era astrologers expect that the concept of individual na- 
tions will fade and humankind will join together as one 
people rather than be separated into nationalities. Within 
the next 2,000 years, we hope to at last reach the long- 
held ideal of world peace. 

Right now, however, this seems an impossible dream. 
The Age of Aquarius has gotten off to a poor start. War- 
ring factions are everywhere. The United States has been 
embroiled in a prolonged war in Iraq. Fundamental Is- 
lamism has become strongly militant, dividing the world 
into "them" and "us." Suspicions, greed, fear, violence, 
abuses of human rights and genocide throughout the 
world have not lessened. Indeed they have become more 
focused and divisive. Wealth is not distributed more 
evenly, and programs are not implemented to better the 
lives of those suffering poverty, neglect and lack of educa- 
tion and health care. The haves and the have nots are 
more separated, angry, and conflict-ridden. 

Consider the negatives of Aquarius. This is a Fixed Air 
sign, meaning inflexibility and stubbornness of ideas. 

Aquarius focuses on the betterment of society but often 
leaves out the betterment of the individual. It gets stuck in 
adamant thinking patterns that this is right and that is 
wrong. Extremism, radicalism, and the militant revolu- 
tionary are archetypes of this sign. Aquarius loves its own 
principles and, because it is such a mental sign, is easily 
cut off from the heart. Negative qualities are coldness and 
spitefulness; the shadow side of Aquarius is anger. Astro- 
logically, the journey of Aquarius is to move away from its 
perversity, find the deeper truth of its humanity and tap 
into its idealism to create a truly better world. 

Keep in mind I am not speaking of an Aquarian per- 
son but of the signs characteristics — and how these might 
apply to the state of the world during these beginning 
years of the 21st century. 

Still, we are roughly only 2% of the way into the new 
Age of Aquarius, so perhaps we should concentrate on the 

Aquarius is the sign of scientific knowledge and inven- 
tion, and rules the airwaves. It is impossible to imagine 
what mind-boggling inventions will take place in the next 
2,000 years, but astrologers predict incredible journeys 
through space will definitely be one of them. Not just 

402 • Astrology in Our Time 

travel in our own solar system, or even our own galaxy, 
but to the universe beyond. There will be space arks that 
can transport multitudes of people, space colonies, and 
interstellar travel. The achievement of travel to the stars 
will indeed be remarkable when one considers that Pluto, 
our outermost planet, is only 5.0 light-minutes distant 
from us, while the nearest star (not counting our own 
Sun) is 4.3 light-years away! 

Aquarius is a mental sign, and the future should be 
marked by as yet unthinkable intellectual achievement. 
There will be concern for the environment, and the dis- 
covery of new technology to solve the problems of dwin- 
dling supplies of energy and resources on Earth. The 
power of atomic energy, electronics, and aviation (all 
Aquarian inventions) will be harnessed for the greatest 
possible use. Already the computer has reshaped the 
world, the way we communicate, conduct all business, and 
keep records. Scientists and psychologists say the com- 
puter has already started to reconfigure how the human 
brain thinks. Aquarius is a practical sign; the purpose of 
knowledge is to make use of it, not simply for the sake of 

Astrologers have a special place in their hearts for 
Aquarius because it is the sign associated with astrology. 
We have already seen an upsurge of interest in astrology at 
the dawning of the Aquarian Age. As someone once re- 
marked, "Astrology is the religion of the new generation." 
In the coming Age astrology will no longer be thought of 
as a superstitious, arcane, or secret knowledge possessed 
by a few. It will be a respected scientific inquiry, available 
to everyone. 

Perhaps it is wishful thinking to say that in the Age of 
Aquarius humanity will achieve universal harmony, but af- 
ter all Aquarius is the sign of hopes and wishes. Predic- 
tions are there will be a great emphasis on the common 
man, and that special privilege for people of high birth or 
wealth will become an antique notion. The aristocrat of 
the future will be the person of learning and achievement. 
Astrologers hope that in the Aquarian Age we will build on 
past knowledge to discover new truths (Aquarius is the 

These predictions, of course, are based on the positive 
qualities of Aquarius. In our real world, we have grave 
problems to surmount. There is a terrible danger of so 
over-populating our planet that only global war, disease, 
and famine will reduce our numbers. We are using up our 
natural resources at an alarming rate, stripping our planet 
bare of plant and animal species and its ability to sustain 
life. Already, we are feeling early effects of a dire global 
warming. Most terrifying of all, we have the atomic power 
to completely destroy ourselves and, quite likely, the Earth 
along with us. 

Still, the Age of Aquarius offers hope. Uranus, ruler of 
Aquarius, is called the planet of the future, for within its 
dominion lie modern science, invention, electricity, and 
humanitarian movements. Uranus is the planet of the 
power of will and of unconscious purpose. A promise is 
held out to us; we can build a wonderful new world. Or we 
can lose all that we have. It is up to the new universal 
Aquarians — in other words, ourselves. 


The Age of Aquarius • 403 

Two systems of astrology are in use today. One is 
traditional astrology, sometimes referred to as tropi- 
cal astrology. This is the system in most common use in 
the Western world, and the one described in this book. 

A second school of thought adheres to sidereal astrol- 
ogy. Sidereal, which comes from the Latin word for star, 
sidus, means "determined by the stars." Siderealists believe 
astrology should be measured according to the actual star 
groupings. As explained on pages 399-401, as our Earth 
slowly shifts position, the stars slowly shift their positions 
in relation to us. Sidereal astrology is based on the theory 
that the dates of the Sun's entrance into each sign should 
change along with the Earth's shift in position. They claim 
that this is the most scientific approach, since it is based 
on the position of the actual constellations in the zodiac. 
According to sidereal astrology, the zodiac that Claudius 
Ptolemy calculated back in the second century a.d. has 
now changed by about twenty-five days. Siderealists differ 
from traditionalists about the dates for the Sun's entrance 
into the twelve signs of the zodiac. They believe that as the 
Earth continues to shift position, the dates for the Sun's 
entry into each sign will also change. 

Traditional astrologers point out that even in ancient 
times the zodiac never precisely corresponded to the actual 
constellations. Ancient astrologers knew that the various con- 
stellations in the zodiac were of unequal size and brilliance 
(for example, the constellation of Gemini is very large and 
bright, whereas the constellations of Libra and Pisces are 
quite dim). Nevertheless, they grouped the signs of the zo- 

diac into twelve equal segments of 30° each, and this group- 
ing has remained valid for thousands of years. Indeed, the 
symbols and associations of these signs have become part of 
humankind's collective consciousness. 

Traditionalists say that the Earth's slow shift through 
the signs of the zodiac relates to the zodiacal Ages of the 
Earth. This has nothing to do with the yearly zodiac, 
which is concerned with individual human experience and 
is marked by the seasons. 

In traditional (tropical) astrology, the vernal equinox 
marks the entrance of the Sun into the first sign of the zo- 
diac, Aries. That is the turning point, the beginning of the 
yearly zodiac cycle. (The word tropical comes from the 
Greek, meaning "turning point.") Whichever constellation 
the vernal equinox may take place in, what remains con- 
stant is that the vernal equinox begins the Sun's entrance 
into the first degree of the ecliptic — and the first degree of 
the ecliptic is always the first degree of Aries. 

In sidereal astrology, the vernal equinox currently takes 
place about the fifth day of Pisces, and as the Earth moves 
so will that date. According to sidereal calculation, there- 
fore, someone born on March 22 in the year 5000 a.d. 
would be classified as Capricorn rather than Aries. 

All this may seem like making waves in a teacup. After 
all, ancient as astrology may seem, the science is at most 
only three Great Months old. Much more unfolding of our 
understanding of astrology lies ahead during the new Age 
of Aquarius — and a dispute that may loom large to us now 
is sure to resolve itself as we learn more. 

404 • Astrology in Our Time 

Part Six 



AFFINITY A mutual attraction between signs. 

AFFLICTION An unfavorable or adverse aspect between 
planets in a birth chart, indicating stress, difficulty, or 
disharmony. Modern astrology associates afflictions in a 
birth chart with psychological problems that the native 
must make an effort to overcome in order to achieve his 
or her full potential. 

AGE, ASTROLOGICAL (Also known as a Great Month) A 
time span of approximately 2,150 years, during which the 
vernal equinox passes through all 30° of one sign of the 
zodiac. The phenomenon, known as the Precession of the 
Equinoxes, is caused by the slow but constant shift of the 
Earth as it spins on its axis. Astrologers believe that in the 
latter part of the twentieth century the world left the Age 
of Pisces and entered a new Great Month — the Age of 
Aquarius. A Great Year is the time span that it takes the 
vernal equinox to make a complete revolution through all 
twelve signs of the zodiac, a period that lasts about 25,800 
years. {See also Precession of the Equinoxes.) 

AIR One of the four elements under which the signs of the 
zodiac are classified. The four elements are fire, earth, air, 
and water. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are the air signs 

and comprise the air triplicity. In astrology, air signifies 
intellect, reason, and communication. 

ANGLES The four cardinal points in a horoscope that mark 
the horizon and meridian. The four angles are the Ascen- 
dant, Nadir (Imum Coeli), Descendant, and Midheaven 
(Medium Coeli). These are the most important and sensi- 
tive points in a birth chart. Planets on or near any of the 
four angles have a marked influence on the subject's per- 
sonality or public image. 

ANGULAR HOUSES The four houses in a horoscope that 
immediately follow the four angles. Angular Houses are 
the First, Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth. In a birth chart, 
planets in any of these houses indicate that the native is 
likely to achieve prominence in the world. 

AQUARIUS The eleventh sign of the zodiac, which the Sun 
transits each year from approximately January 20 to Feb- 
ruary 18. Aquarius has as its element air and is fixed in 
quality. The sign is symbolized by the Water Bearer and 
ruled by the planet Uranus. Aquarius natives are charac- 
terized as innovative, idealistic, humanitarian, and intel- 


ARIES The first sign of the zodiac, which the Sun transits 
each year from approximately March 21 to April 19. Aries 
has as its element fire and is cardinal in quality. The sign is 
symbolized by the Ram and ruled by the planet Mars. Aries 
natives are characterized as impulsive, energetic, quick- 
tempered, and having leadership ability. 

ASCENDANT (Also known as Rising sign) The sign of the 
zodiac that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time 
of birth. Also, the exact degree of the sign rising on the 
eastern horizon at the moment of birth, the point in a 
birth chart that marks the cusp of the First House. The 
Ascendant (or Rising sign) characterizes a person's out- 
ward approach to life. In a birth chart, planets at or near 
the line of the Ascendant represent strength and power of 
a person's self. 

ASPECT The geometrical relationship between planets in a 
birth chart, which indicates areas of harmony, challenge, 
strain, ease, and/or power. Aspects are classified as major 
(Conjunction, Trine, Sextile, Opposition, Square) and mi- 
nor (Quincunx, Semisquare, Sesquisquare, Semisextile).The 
study of aspects in a birth chart is an important part of 
horoscope interpretation. 

ASTROLOGY (From the Greek, meaning "science of the 
stars") The art and science of studying the celestial bodies 
and their cyclical motion, and determining their influ- 
ence on human character, behavior, experience, and 

BIRTH CHART (Also known as natal chart) A diagram of 
the heavens, called a horoscope, that charts the position of 
the celestial bodies as they appeared at the time of an in- 
dividual's birth. The terms horoscope and birth chart are 
often used interchangeably, although precisely speaking a 

horoscope is a chart for any given moment and a birth 
chart is specifically for the moment of birth. In a birth 
chart, the Ascendant (Rising sign) is the astrological sign 
that was rising on the eastern horizon at the moment of 
birth (as opposed to a solar chart in which the Sun sign is 
used as the Rising sign). The Rising sign is also the First 
House in a birth chart, and thus the houses placed around 
the chart are known as natal houses. A birth chart is a very 
personal chart, and many astrologers feel it contains the 
only true delineation of the native. 

CADENT HOUSES (From the Latin word cadere, meaning 
"to fall") The four houses in a horoscope that immediately 
follow Succedent Houses, so named because they "fall 
away" from both Angular and Succedent Houses. Cadent 
Houses are the Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Twelfth Houses. 
In a birth chart, planets in any of these Houses indicate 
that the native is mentally active and able to communicate 

CANCER The fourth sign of the zodiac, which the Sun 
transits each year from approximately June 21 to July 22. 
Cancer has as its element water and is cardinal in quality. 
The sign is symbolized by the Crab and ruled by the 
Moon. Cancer natives are characterized as imaginative, 
emotional, sensitive, loyal, and with a tendency to be 

CAPRICORN The tenth sign of the zodiac, which the Sun 
transits each year from approximately December 22 to Jan- 
uary 19. Capricorn has as its element earth and is cardinal 
in quality. The sign is symbolized by the Goat (or Sea-Goat) 
and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Capricorn natives are 
characterized as disciplined, responsible and hardworking, 
ambitious and determined. 

408 • An Astrologer's Lexicon 

CARDINAL One of the three qualities under which the 
signs of the zodiac are classified. The three qualities are 
cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Aries, Cancer, Libra, and 
Capricorn are the cardinal signs and comprise the cardinal 
quadruplicity. The Sun's entrance into these four signs 
marks the beginning of the four seasons: spring, summer, 
autumn, and winter. In astrology, the cardinal quality sig- 
nifies action, initiative, leadership, and outgoing activity. 

CELESTIAL EQUATOR The Earth's equator projected 
outward onto the heavenly sphere. 

CONJUNCTION A major aspect, the most powerful in as- 
trology, in which two or more planets occupy the same de- 
gree (or are within 10° of each other) in a horoscope. 
Conjunctions in a chart exert a marked influence, the pre- 
cise nature of which depends on the specific planets in- 

CONSTELLATIONS Groups of stars assigned names sug- 
gested by the patterns they form in the heavens. To the an- 
cients, charting the constellations was an invaluable 
method of studying and organizing the universe. 

CUSP 1. The point at which a sign of the zodiac begins. Per- 
sons are said to be "born on the cusp" when their birth 
times fall at or near the beginning or end of an astrologi- 
cal sign. Cusp-born people often exhibit characteristics of 
both their Sun sign and the previous or following sign. 

2. The point or line in a horoscope that marks the be- 
ginning of a house. 

diac. Each decanate has a planetary ruler, called a subruler, 
and is also symbolized by a constellation. Decanates serve to 
refine and emphasize certain qualities and character traits 
pertaining to the overall sign. 

DESCENDANT One of the four angles in a horoscope (the 
four most important points in a chart). The Descendant, 
which marks the cusp of the Seventh House, is the point in 
a birth chart directly opposite the Ascendant. The Descen- 
dant represents the channeling of power through partner- 
ships and relationships; planets at or near the Descendant 
indicate that the native may come to prominence through 
his or her associations. 

DIRECT The forward-moving motion of a planet in its orbit 
through the signs of the zodiac. Direct motion is the nor- 
mal course of a planet. At various times, however, a planet 
may appear to turn backward in its orbit, a movement 
known as retrograde motion. The retrograde motion of a 
planet is an optical illusion caused by the angle of observa- 
tion from earth. (See also Retrograde.) 

DISPOSITOR A term used in horoscopes to describe the 
ruler of a sign in which another planet appears. For exam- 
ple, if in a birth chart Mercury is in Sagittarius, Jupiter 
(which rules Sagittarius) is called the dispositor of Mer- 



DECANATE (Also known as Decan) A 10° subdivision of the 
zodiac that divides each astrological sign into three parts of 
approximately ten days each. There are three decanates in 
each sign, making a total of thirty-six decanates in the zo- 

DUALITY One of the classifications under which signs of the 
zodiac are grouped. A sign's duality is either masculine or 
feminine. Six signs are masculine: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, 
Sagittarius, Aquarius. Six signs are feminine: Taurus, Can- 

An Explanation of Terms • 409 

cer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces. In astrology, mascu- 
line signs are outer-directed, energetic, strong through ac- 
tion; feminine signs are receptive, magnetic, strong through 
inner resources. 

EARTH 1. One of the four elements (fire, earth, air, and wa- 
ter) under which signs of the zodiac are classified. Taurus, 
Virgo, and Capricorn are the earth signs and comprise the 
earth triplicity. In astrology, earth signifies practicality, 
conservatism, stability, and materialism. 
2. The planet Earth, which we inhabit. 

ECLIPTIC The great circle in the heavens that marks the ap- 
parent path of the Sun on its yearly journey around the 
Earth. The ecliptic is the path of the Sun when viewed 
from the Earth (although in reality it is the Earth that re- 
volves around the Sun, and the ecliptic is in fact the path of 
the Earth's orbit around the Sun). The narrow circular 
band of the heavens that has the line of the ecliptic 
through its center is called the zodiac. 

ELEMENTS The four fundamental substances (fire, earth, 
air, and water) under which the signs of the zodiac are 
classified. Fire signs are energetic and enthusiastic; earth 
signs are practical and stable; air signs are communicative 
and intellectual; water signs are emotional and imagina- 

EPHEMERIS (Plural, ephemerides) An almanac that lists 
the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets for each day 
of the year. 

EQUINOXES (From the Latin, meaning "equal night") The 
two points during the year when the path of the Sun (the 
ecliptic) crosses the celestial equator, and day and night 
are of equal length. The vernal equinox (spring) occurs 

when the Sun enters the sign of Aries; at that point the 
center of the Sun intersects the celestial equator as the Sun 
moves from the southern hemisphere into the northern 
hemisphere. The autumnal equinox (fall) occurs when the 
Sun enters the sign of Libra; at that point the center of the 
Sun intersects the celestial equator as the Sun moves from 
the northern hemisphere into the southern hemisphere. 

FEMININE SIGNS The signs of the zodiac belonging to 
the earth and water triplicities, namely, Taurus, Cancer, 
Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. In astrology, femi- 
nine signs are characterized as receptive, magnetic, and 
possessing strong inner resources. 

FIRE One of the four elements (fire, earth, air, and water) 
under which the signs of the zodiac are classified. Aries, 
Leo, and Sagittarius are fire signs and comprise the fire 
triplicity. In astrology, fire signifies energy, aggressiveness, 
enthusiasm, and impulsiveness. 

FIXED One of the three qualities under which the signs of 
the zodiac are classified. The three qualities are cardinal, 
fixed, and mutable. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius 
are the fixed signs and comprise the fixed quadruplicity. 
In astrology, the fixed quality signifies persistence, single- 
mindedness, determination, and resourcefulness. 

GEMINI The third sign of the zodiac, which the Sun tran- 
sits each year from approximately May 21 to June 20. 
Gemini has as its element air and is mutable in quality. 
The sign is symbolized by the Twins and ruled by the 
planet Mercury. Gemini natives are characterized as men- 
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GEOCENTRIC (From the Greek words ge, meaning "earth," 
and kentron, meaning "center") Viewed or measured from 
the center of the Earth. The concept of Earth as the center 
of the universe is the classical viewpoint of astrology, 
which considers the Earth to be the center of human expe- 
rience and thus studies the positions and movements of 
celestial bodies as seen from the Earth. Most horoscopes 
are geocentric, although some modern astrologers also 
work with heliocentric (Sun-centered) charts. (See also 

GLYPH The written astrological symbol for a planet or a zo- 
diacal sign. The glyphs have symbolic meanings; for exam- 
ple, the circle represents the spiritual world; the half- circle 
represents the soul; the cross represents the material world. 

GRAND CROSS The rarest aspect-pattern in a horoscope, 
consisting of two pairs of planets in opposition, the four 
planets involved forming a square aspect to each other. 
This pattern forms a cross in the birth chart. Combining 
as it does four squares and two oppositions, the Grand 
Cross can be a most difficult configuration, often indicat- 
ing an obsessive, maladjusted personality. However, it also 
signifies dynamic energy, intensity, and force. A Grand 
Cross often appears in the charts of self-made men and 

GRAND TRINE An unusual aspect-pattern in a horoscope, 
in which three planets are all in trine to each other (i.e., 
120° away from each other), forming a grand triangle. Be- 
cause a Grand Trine by its nature heavily stresses a particu- 
lar element, for example, fire or water, it tends to indicate an 
imbalance in the chart. However, a trine is also very favor- 
able, and a Grand Trine signifies enormous creativity or en- 
ergy, and usually indicates that the native will be blessed 
with luck or success. 

GREAT MONTH See Age, Astrological. 

GREAT YEAR See Age, Astrological. 

HELIOCENTRIC (From the Greek words helios, meaning 
"Sun," and kentron, meaning "center") Viewed or measured 
from the center of the Sun. Since the death of the astronomer 
Nicolaus Copernicus in 1543, humankind's concept of the 
universe has been heliocentric, i.e., that our solar system has 
the Sun at its center. The roots of astrology go much farther 
back in history, to a time when for thousands of years the 
concept of the universe was geocentric. Because astrology is 
concerned with celestial movements as they relate to human 
beings here on Earth and also as seen by human beings on 
Earth, modern astrology continues to operate within a geo- 
centric framework. However, heliocentric charts are used by 
many astrologers, usually in combination with geocentric 
charts, and a number of heliocentric ephemerides are in 
common use. 

HEMISPHERE EMPHASIS The circle of the horoscope is 
divided into four hemispheres — the top half and bottom 
half (southern and northern hemispheres), and left half and 
right half (eastern and western hemispheres). In a birth 
chart a preponderance of planets in the top hemisphere em- 
phasizes extrovertedness, while a preponderance of planets 
in the bottom hemisphere emphasizes introvertedness. A 
preponderance of planets in the left hemisphere emphasizes 
the native's impact on the world, while a preponderance of 
planets in the right hemisphere emphasizes the world's im- 
pact on the native. 

HERMETIC THEORY The theory, arising out of ancient 
Egyptian philosophical wisdom, that the human being is a 
miniature version of the cosmos and that everything in na- 
ture has its parallel in man. Out of the Hermetic Theory of 

An Explanation of Terms • 411 

"man in microcosm" grew a vast body of correspondences 
surrounding the twelve signs of the zodiac: each sign governs 
a part of the body, rules over specific plants, herbs, colors, 
jewels, cities, animals, etc. The Hermetic Theory is also the 
basis for such divinatory arts as palm reading and phys- 
iognomy (facial reading). 

HORARY CHART (From the Greek word hora, meaning 
"hour") A special horoscope cast for the moment in 
which a specific question is asked, as opposed to a natal 
chart, which is cast for the moment of birth. The theory 
behind horary astrology is that there is a sympathy be- 
tween the cosmos and the human mind; therefore when a 
question is asked, the positions of the planets at that mo- 
ment can help to answer the question. 

HORIZON In a horoscope, the line that intersects the circle 
from east to west and divides the circle into a top half and 
a bottom half. The line of the horizon in a horoscope con- 
nects the Ascendant and the Descendant. 

HOROSCOPE (From the Greek words hora, meaning 
"hour," and skopos, meaning "watcher") A diagram of the 
heavens, specifically that part of the heavens called the zo- 
diac, that charts the positions of the Sun, Moon, and plan- 
ets as they appeared at a given moment and in relation to a 
given place on Earth. The word horoscope also refers to the 
analysis and interpretation of that chart. Nowadays, the 
term has also come to mean the predictions for the signs 
that appear in newspapers and magazines, as in one's "daily 

HOUSES The twelve divisions of a horoscope that represent 
different categories or areas of life. The twelve Houses of 
astrology are: 

First House of Self 

Second House of Money and Possessions 

Third House of Communication 

Fourth House of Beginnings and Home Life 

Fifth House of Pleasure, Creativity, and Sex 

Sixth House of Service and Health 

Seventh House of Partnership and Marriage 

Eighth House of Death and Regeneration 

Ninth House of Mental Exploration and Long-Distance 

Tenth House of Career and Public Standing 
Eleventh House of Friends and of Hopes and Wishes 
Twelfth House of Secrets, Sorrows, and Self-Undoing 

Currently, there is a great deal of discussion among as- 
trologers about Houses, especially about House division. 
While there is little disagreement about the basic concept of 
Houses, there is some debate about the number of them. For 
example, the Irish sidereal astrologer Cyril Fagan favored 
eight Houses instead of twelve. A much more hotly debated 
subject, however, is House division, and there are at least 
twenty methods presently in use in the modern astrological 
world. Among the most popular House systems are the 
Placidus system, the Equal House system, the Koch system, 
the Campanus system, the Regiomontanus system, the Mori- 
nus system, and the Topocentric system. The House division 
used in the CD-ROM in this book is the Placidus system. 

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IMUM COELI (Latin for "lowest part of the heavens") See 

characterized as exuberant, creative, egocentric, and pos- 
sessing a talent for showmanship. 

INGRESS The entrance of the Sun, Moon, or any of the 
planets into a sign of the zodiac. 

JUPITER In astrology Jupiter is the planet of good fortune, 
expansion, abundance, and wisdom. The planet is known 
as the Greater Fortune (Venus is the Lesser Fortune). 
Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius, and at one time also 
ruled Pisces. (Pisces is now ruled by the planet Neptune, 
discovered in 1846.) When Jupiter is prominent in a birth 
chart, the native tends to be well-liked, cheerful, and suc- 
cessful in his or her career. Jupiter's influence can also in- 
cline a person toward extravagance and overconfidence. 

KARMA The philosophical concept, originating in the 
Hindu and Buddhist religions, that a person's past and 
present deeds determine his or her destiny in this life and 
in lives yet to come. Karma is not an astrological term, but 
the doctrine of karma is used in esoteric astrology, a form 
of astrology and theosophy that stresses spiritual evolution 
and the unity of the soul with the cosmos. 

LATITUDE The distance north or south of the Earth's equa- 
tor, measured in degrees. Divisions of latitude are depicted 
on a map by horizontal parallel lines. The equator is 0° lati- 
tude; the North Pole is 90° North latitude; the South Pole is 
90° South latitude. In order to calculate an exact birth chart, 
an astrologer must know both the latitude and longitude of 
the birthplace of the native. 

LEO The fifth sign of the zodiac, which the Sun transits each 
year from approximately July 23 to August 22. Leo has as 
its element fire and is fixed in quality. The sign is symbol- 
ized by the Lion and ruled by the Sun. Leo natives are 

LIBRA The seventh sign of the zodiac, which the Sun tran- 
sits each year from approximately September 23 to Octo- 
ber 22. Libra has as its element air and is cardinal in qual- 
ity. The sign is symbolized by the Scales and ruled by the 
planet Venus. Libra natives are characterized as peaceable, 
artistic, socially adept, and able to see both sides of a ques- 

LONGITUDE The distance east or west on the Earth's sur- 
face, measured in degrees from the prime meridian, which 
is 0° longitude. The prime meridian (also called Greenwich 
Meridian) is a vertical line running from the North Pole to 
the South Pole that intersects Greenwich, England. Green- 
wich, England, is 0° longitude; New York City is 74° West 
longitude; Tokyo is 140° East longitude. Longitude also 
represents differences in time; each 15° of longitude repre- 
sents one hour. When it is 12:00 noon in Greenwich, Eng- 
land (known as Greenwich Mean Time), it is 7:00 A.M. in 
New York City and 9:00 p.m. in Tokyo. 

LUMINARIES The Sun and the Moon. In classical astrol- 
ogy, luminary was the more common term for the Sun or 
the Moon. Nowadays the word planet is applied to the Sun 
and Moon as well as to the planets. 

LUNAR MANSIONS Division of the zodiac into twenty- 
eight (or sometimes twenty-seven) parts, based on the 
Moon's twenty-eight-day cycle (27.32166 days, to be ex- 
act). Lunar mansions are used primarily in the astrology 
of the Eastern world, e.g., Hindu, Chinese, Arab. Eastern 
astrology ("Children of the Moon") is based on the lunar 
cycle, whereas Western astrology ("Children of the Sun") 
is based on the solar cycle. 

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LUNAR RETURN CHART A horoscope cast for the mo- 
ment in which the Moon returns to the exact degree it oc- 
cupied at the moment of birth. A lunar return chart is 
used to forecast trends and events in the native's life dur- 
ing the coming month. 

LUNATION The moment of conjunction of the Sun and 
the Moon, in other words, the New Moon. A lunation is 
also the period between one New Moon and the next, a 
time span of approximately twenty-nine days. Modern as- 
trologers tend to use the term lunation to mean a New 
Moon, which in a horoscope marks the beginning of a 
new cycle. 

MARS In astrology Mars is the planet of energy, force, sexual 
desire, and aggression. Mars rules the sign of Aries and is 
still considered by some astrologers to be the coruler of 
Scorpio, a sign that it once ruled entirely. (Scorpio is now 
ruled by the planet Pluto, discovered in 1930, and Mars's 
rulership of this sign has greatly diminished.) When Mars is 
prominent in a birth chart, the native tends to be active, en- 
terprising, courageous, and passionate. Mars's influence can 
also incline a person toward impatience, anger, strife, and 

MASCULINE SIGNS The signs of the zodiac belonging to 
the fire and air triplicities, namely, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Li- 
bra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. In astrology, masculine 
signs are characterized as energetic, outer-directed, and 
strong through action. 

MEDICAL ASTROLOGY Astrology applied to questions 
of health, well-being, nutrition, and susceptibility to cer- 
tain illnesses and diseases. Down through history astrol- 
ogy has been used as a tool in medicine. The signs of the 

zodiac and the planets correspond to various parts of the 
body, also to the illnesses connected with them, to diet 
needs, and to the glands and hormones. Although modern 
astrologers reject the notion of practicing medicine, the 
correlation between astrology and the human body is still 
a valid guide to maintaining physical well-being. 

MEDIUM COELI (Latin for "middle of the heavens") See 

MERCURY In astrology Mercury is the planet of communi- 
cation, intelligence, perception, and intellectual energy. 
Mercury rules the two signs of Gemini and Virgo. When 
Mercury is prominent in a birth chart, the native tends to 
be clever, facile in speech, quick, high-strung, and likely to 
possess a good memory. Mercury's influence can also in- 
cline a person toward sarcasm, argumentativeness, cold- 
ness, and deceit. 

MERIDIAN In a horoscope, the line that intersects the cir- 
cle from north to south and divides the circle into a left- 
hand side and a right-hand side. The line of the meridian 
in a horoscope connects the Nadir and the Midheaven. 

MIDHEAVEN (Also known as Medium Coeli, "middle of 
the heavens"; abbreviated in charts as M.C.) One of the 
four angles in a horoscope (the four most important 
points in a chart). The Midheaven, which marks the cusp 
of the Tenth House, is the point in a birth chart directly 
opposite the Nadir. The Midheaven represents ambition, 
ideals, and public image. Planets at or near the Midheaven 
indicate that the native is likely to make a mark on the 
outside world. 

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MODERN PLANETS Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, referred 
to as modern because of their relatively recent discovery. 
Uranus was discovered in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and 
Pluto in 1930. 

MOON In astrology the Moon represents emotions, in- 
stincts, sensitivity, and the unconscious. It is often called 
the feminine principle. The sign that the Moon was tran- 
siting at the time of birth, known as the Moon sign, is a 
most pervasive influence in a birth chart, second only in 
importance to the Sun sign. The Moon sign signifies the 
emotional, spontaneous, unconscious, and often hidden 
part of the personality. In the zodiac, the Moon rules the 
sign of Cancer. 

MUNDANE ASTROLOGY (From the Latin word mundus, 
meaning "the world") The branch of astrology that as- 
sesses and forecasts world events, political movements, na- 
tional occurrences, and cultural trends according to the 
planetary cycles. 

MUTABLE One of the three qualities under which the signs 
of the zodiac are classified. The three qualities are cardinal, 
fixed, and mutable. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces 
are the mutable signs and comprise the mutable quadru- 
plicity. In astrology, the mutable quality signifies adapt- 
ability, versatility, openness to change, and flexibility. 

MUTUAL RECEPTION In a horoscope, a term used to de- 
scribe the relationship between two planets when each is 
located in the sign that the other one rules. For example, if 
in a birth chart the Sun is in Libra and Venus is in Leo, the 
Sun and Venus are in mutual reception. This "visiting of 
each other's home" strengthens the power of the two plan- 
ets, for they work in cooperation with each other. 

NADIR (Also known as Imum Coeli, "lowest part of the 
heavens"; abbreviated in charts as I.C.) One of the four 
angles in a horoscope (the four most important points in 
a chart). The Nadir, which marks the cusp of the Fourth 
House, is the point in a birth chart directly opposite the 
Midheaven. The Nadir represents a person's beginnings 
and psychological roots: parents, home life, and what he 
or she inherits from previous generations. Planets at or 
near the Nadir indicate the unconscious motivation be- 
hind the native's actions. 

NATAL CHART See Birth Chart. 

NEPTUNE In astrology Neptune is the planet of mystery, il- 
lusion, imagination, and mysticism. Neptune, discovered in 
1846, is the second of our modern planets. It rules the sign 
of Pisces (which was traditionally ruled by Jupiter). When 
Neptune is prominent in a birth chart, the native tends to 
be artistic, visionary and clairvoyant, and interested in spiri- 
tual matters. Neptune's influence can also incline a person 
toward escapism, difficulty in separating fantasy from real- 
ity, and psychic problems. 

NODES The two points, north and south, where the orbit of 
the Moon or any of the planets intersects the ecliptic (the 
path of the Sun). Nodes usually refer to the Moon's nodes, 
called lunar nodes. In classical astrology, the north node 
(also called ascending node) was known as Caput Draco- 
nis, meaning "Dragon's Head," and the south node (also 
called descending node) was known as Cauda Draconis, 
meaning "Dragon's Tail." This referred to the imagery of a 
giant celestial dragon swallowing the Moon during its 
eclipses. In a birth chart, lunar nodes mark sensitive 
points, but there is much discussion currently among as- 
trologers as to their exact meaning. Generally, the north 

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node denotes the positive qualities with which you enter 
this life, and the south node the negative behavior you need 
to release. Some astrologers feel that the Moon's nodes per- 
tain to relationships — the north node to forming ties and 
the south node to dissolving them. 

OPPOSITION One of the major aspects, in which two or 
more planets are opposite each other in a horoscope, i.e., 
separated by 180° (or within 9° either way of 180°). The 
traditional view of an opposition in a chart is that it is an 
unharmonious aspect, one that produces tension and con- 
flict. The modern view is that an opposition also brings 
challenge for growth and achievement, because the native 
must work through his or her problems and conflicts and 
thus gain maturity. 

the longitude of the Ascendant is added to the longitude 
of the Moon, and the longitude of the Sun is subtracted 
from that sum. The Part of Fortune in a birth chart is still 
considered by modern astrologers to be indicative of ease 
and good fortune. The activities of the sign and house in 
which the Part of Fortune appears are those in which the 
native finds success. 

PISCES The twelfth sign of the zodiac, which the Sun tran- 
sits each year from approximately February 19 to March 
20. Pisces has as its element water and is mutable in qual- 
ity. The sign is symbolized by Two Fishes and is ruled by 
the planet Neptune. Pisces natives are characterized as 
emotional, romantic, impressionable and adaptable, 
highly imaginative, and intuitive. 

ORB (Also known as orb of influence) The slight variation 
in degrees within which an aspect is considered potent. For 
example, a trine is an aspect in which planets are 120° 
apart. An exact trine is 120°; the allowable orb for a trine is 
9° either way of 120°. This means that if two planets are as 
few as 111° apart or as many as 129° apart, the trine is still 
effective in the horoscope. 

ORBIT The path of any heavenly body in its revolution 
around another heavenly body. In our solar system, the 
Earth and planets describe orbits around the Sun. The 
Earth's orbit around the Sun is called the ecliptic. The 
ecliptic is also known as the path of the Sun around the 
Earth, but in reality it is the Earth that is orbiting around 
the Sun. 

PLANET (From the Greek word planetes, meaning "wan- 
derer") One of the heavenly bodies (except comets and 
meteors) that move around the Sun. From ancient times 
planets have been distinguished by their movement across 
the face of the fixed stars. In astrology, the word planets 
also includes the Sun and the Moon (traditionally called 
luminaries). In classical astrology there were seven planets: 
Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. 
Modern astrology has added three new planets discovered 
in the last two centuries: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Each 
planet rules one (and in some cases two) astrological signs. 
The science of astrology is based on the premise that the 
movements of the planets significantly relate to human 
events, behavior, and personality. A horoscope is a chart of 
the positions of the planets at a given moment in time. 

PART OF FORTUNE (Also known by its Latin name, Pars 
Fortuna) A point in a horoscope, arrived at by the calcula- 
tion of an ancient Arabic mathematical formula in which 

PLUTO In astrology Pluto is the planet of regenerative 
forces, of destruction, annihilation, and transformation. 
Pluto, discovered in 1930, is the third of our modern plan- 

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ets. It rules the sign of Scorpio (which was traditionally 
ruled by Mars). Pluto spends a great many years transiting 
each sign of the zodiac, and its influence is more obvious 
on a whole generation of people than on a single individ- 
ual. However, when Pluto is prominent in a horoscope, the 
native's life will show marked reversal or change. Pluto 
also exhibits its power in a person's need to dominate and 
control. Its positive influence is seen in great leaders; its 
negative influence is seen in dictators, mobsters, and mur- 

POLARITY A group of two astrological signs, each sign op- 
posite in the zodiac to the other sign; for example, Aries and 
Libra are a polarity. Also, the opposite sign in the zodiac; for 
example, Aquarius is Leo's polarity. 

shift of the vernal and autumnal equinoxes backward 
through the signs of the zodiac, caused by the earth's rota- 
tional tilt as it spins on its axis. The time span that it takes 
the vernal equinox to move through one sign, approxi- 
mately 2,150 years, is known as an Astrological Age. Sidereal 
astrology is based on the theory that the dates of the Sun's 
entrance into each zodiacal sign should change along with 
the earth's shift in position. (See Age, Astrological. See also 
Sidereal Astrology.) 

QUADRANT (From the Latin word quadrans, meaning "a 
fourth") One of the four quarters of the horoscope circle. 
Each quadrant of the horoscope contains three houses. In 
a birth chart, a preponderance of planets in any of the 
four quadrants has specific meanings and interpretations, 
depending on which quadrants are heavily populated. 

QUADRUPLICITY A group of four astrological signs be- 
longing to the same quality. There are three quadruplici- 
ties in the zodiac: the cardinal quadruplicity (Aries, Can- 
cer, Libra, Capricorn); the fixed quadruplicity (Taurus, 
Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius); the mutable quadruplicity (Gem- 
ini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). 

QUALITIES The three kinds of energy under which signs of 
the zodiac are classified. The three qualities are cardinal, 
fixed, and mutable. Cardinal signs are enterprising, active, 
initiating. Fixed signs are persistent, determined, and re- 
sourceful. Mutable signs are versatile, adaptable, and flexi- 

QUINCUNX One of the minor aspects, in which two or 
more planets in a birth chart are 150° apart (or within 2° 
either way of 150°). The quincunx was originally classified 
as mildly adverse; some modern astrologers think it more 
powerful than at first regarded. 

PROGRESSED HOROSCOPE A special chart cast for a 
specific date in the future and used in combination with 
the native's birth chart to predict and assess future trends 
and events. The most popular method of progressing a 
chart is the day-for-a-year formula, in which a horoscope 
is cast for a date that is as many days following a birth date 
as the years following a birth date that the person wishes 
to see. 

RECTIFICATION The art of correcting a birth chart of 
unknown or uncertain birth time, using as guideposts ma- 
jor events in the life of the native and/or dominant per- 
sonality traits that correspond to planetary aspects govern- 
ing such events and traits. 

RETROGRADE The apparent backward motion of a planet 
traveling through the zodiac. (The Sun and Moon are 
never retrograde.) In reality, planets in our solar system do 

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not move backward in their orbits; they only seem to do 
so because of the angle of observation here on earth. Ret- 
rograde motion is an illusion similar to looking through 
the window of a moving train at a second train that is 
traveling alongside it but moving more slowly. The slower- 
moving train will seem to be traveling backward, although 
in fact it is traveling forward. In classical astrology a retro- 
grade planet was considered weak and as having a nega- 
tive influence. Modern astrologers consider retrograde 
planets in a chart to be positive but as having an influence 
that does not manifest itself until later in life. 

RISING SIGN The sign of the zodiac that was rising on the 
eastern horizon at the moment of birth. The Rising sign 
(or Ascendant) characterizes a person's outward approach 
to life. {See also Ascendant.) 

RULER (Also known as ruling planet) 1. The planet that has 
dominion over a specific astrological sign, for example, 
Mars is the ruler of Aries. In classical astrology rulership 
of the twelve signs was divided among seven planets. Since 
the eighteenth century three signs have been reassigned to 
the three modern planets. The list of rulerships is as fol- 

Aries ruled by Mars 

Taurus ruled by Venus 

Gemini ruled by Mercury 

Cancer ruled by the Moon 

Leo ruled by the Sun 

Virgo ruled by Mercury 

Libra ruled by Venus 

Scorpio ruled by Pluto (traditionally ruled by Mars) 

Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter 

Capricorn ruled by Saturn 

Aquarius ruled by Uranus (traditionally ruled by Saturn) 
Pisces ruled by Neptune (traditionally ruled by Jupiter) 

2. In a birth chart, the planet that rules the Rising sign 
(Ascendant) is said to be the ruling planet of the chart.